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The Pentagon's New Disservice to Soldiers

Author: Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow
July 25, 2010
The Daily Beast


You would think that the Pentagon brass would be expediting the full opening of a new brain trauma facility in Bethesda, Maryland. After all, there's been a stirring front page story in the Washington Post by Greg Jaffe about the innumerable sufferers, there have been entreaties from top commanders in the field, and there was my own Daily Beast blog echoing the plaintive “Where are they now?” question from the facility's chief fundraiser, addressed to all those officials who had two years to ready this facility and did not get the job done.

Instead, the Byzantine Pentagon bureaucracy, in its infinite curiousness, directed a press person from Deloitte (how much is the Pentagon paying this contractor for this service?) to send me the following email:

“In the recent article, 'Vet Snub Shocks Families' by Leslie Gelb, there is an error as it relates to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) event on 24 June, 2010 in Bethesda. Please note that the event on the 24th was not an opening but rather a Ribbon Cutting Dedication Ceremony and also the official day that the NICoE was transferred to the Department of Defense.

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