WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu November 6, 2003
Congressman Wants Answers about Medical Care
Washington, D.C. – The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional Delegation
is asking the Defense Department to investigate allegations
of "second rate" medical care being offered to some injured
soldiers at Fort Knox. Soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia also
reported similar conditions.
Fourth District Congressman Ken Lucas and Congressman
Ike Skelton of Missouri have written a letter to Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld regarding the matter. 128
Congressional Democrats signed the letter.
The soldiers who complained were on "medical hold." That
means they are too sick or injured for regular
duty, but don't require hospitalization. Fort Knox officials have
already acknowledged that several hundred medical-hold
soldiers were housed in World War Two era barracks over
the summer. The officials say the soldiers have now been
moved to more modern facilities.