NBC has been most persistent all week in publicizing the Washington Post scoop exposing substandard outpatient conditions for disabled combat casualties at DC's Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Andrea Mitchell toured the facilities Tuesday and John Yang covered the reaction of army brass Wednesday. Now NBC's lead story was Yang's coverage of the in-person visit by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Yang called this "a week of hurried repair work and painting--all put on display for reporters, lawmakers and top Pentagon officials--as the army engages in a frantic mission of damage control."
NBC's series Trading Places stayed on the theme of veterans' care. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers subsidies for residents of assisted living facilities. It only applies to those who fought in wars, and their widows, not those who served during peacetime. And not all of them are eligible--they have to be financially strapped, Anne Thompson explained. But the benefit is "little known" and many who qualify do not receive it, only 143,000 out of "perhaps hundreds of thousands."
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