“Patients and staff have completed the moves to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, in Virginia. Under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 (BRAC), the Defense Department was required to combine four inpatient hospitals in the national capital region — Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, DeWitt Army Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir and Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Joint Base Andrews, Md. — into two, while maintaining the same patient care capacity. About 150 inpatients, many of them wounded warriors, were among the first to make the 5-mile move from “old” Walter Reed, to the new “Walter Reed at Bethesda” campus.” http://www.andrews.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-111020-045.pdf
December 05, 2011
The Walter Reed Medical Center is where our wounded soldiers go for their bodies to be healed, but are their souls left out in the cold? Last week, FRC obtained an internal memo in which Navy officials had announced that “no religious items (including Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” The new orders are buried in a four-page document about patient care, which an Army officer forwarded to us in disbelief. Effective immediately, families, friends, and even pastors would have to check their beliefs at the door to visit one of the largest military hospitals in the United States.
We immediately brought this memo to the attention of Congress. After working with concerned leaders like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and talking with staff at Walter Reed, we were assured that the Navy was rescinding the policy. Todd Starnes at Fox News also contacted hospital officials and was offered similar assurances.
While we’re glad that hospital officials are working on changing the policy, the change has yet to be implemented. Given the recent track record of the Obama Administration’s disrespect for religious liberty in the military, nothing is certain. We need your help to show military leaders that the American people will not stand for Bible bans such as the one at Walter Reed. Our brave wounded warriors are worthy of the same religious freedom that they themselves fought for.
It’s an Obama world.
While we were preoccupied with other disastrous Obama policies, military bureaucrats under Barack Obama passed a new rule that barred loved ones from bringing Bibles to wounded soldiers.
The US Military says they are rescinding the order but only after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor.
Todd Starnes reported:
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.
The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.
“The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News & Commentary.
King spoke from the House floor Thursday blasting a policy memorandum from the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center written by Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan. The September 14th memo covers guidelines for “wounded, ill, and injured partners in care.”
“No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit,” the policy states.
“That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband,” King said. “It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their death bed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.”
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