Walter Reed Security Breach

“Sensitive information on about 1,000 patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals was exposed in a security breach, sparking identity theft concerns and an investigation by the Army.”

I was concerned about my identity and Social Security number the whole time I was there. With the mountains of paperwork, dozens of different offices, civilians working military positions, and the fact the Army puts your damn social security number on every damn piece of paper, its too easy for it to end up in the wrong hands. I know what you’re thinking, civilians working military positions isn’t really a bad thing because they free up military personnel. Unfortunately, the main people I had problems with at Walter Reed Army Medical Center were civilians. From nurses forgetting to give me my medication on Ward 57 (more than once), to my Medical Board Rep who was caught napping at her desk during the middle of the day (and would never return my phone calls), they constantly had me looking over their shoulder to make sure things were done correctly. Civilians don’t always have the same sense of duty and discipline (or supervision) that military personnel do. Too many didn’t seem to care about anything other than the 1600 quitting time. Don’t get me wrong, the majority of the personnel I encountered in my 9 months at Walter Reed were great. Therapists, prosthetists, and many different caregivers were the best I could have ever hoped for. I still keep in touch with many of the personnel there. Unfortunately all it takes is one person not doing their job to screw a wounded soldier over, unnecessarily keeping them there for many extra months. 9 months is a very short time for an amputee
to be at Walter Reed. Most are there for well over a year putting their lives back together.

“Walter Reed plans to offer free credit protective services to patients whose information was revealed. The hospital also has set up a hot line for people to call to see if their information was disclosed (1-877-854-8542, ext. 9).”

I guess I’ll be calling Walter Reed on Monday.

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