From the TimesOnline…
Problems at Walter Reed have been known to officials at the highest level for
Joyce Rumsfeld, the wife of the then defence secretary, made a surreptitious
visit to the hospital at the urging of a concerned friend last October.
She attended a support meeting for the wives and mothers of soldiers known as
a “girls’ time out” and heard their complaints. At the end of the meeting,
she asked a social worker whether her husband was getting the truth about
conditions there — or whether the soldiers he met were being hand-picked to
paint a rosy picture.
They were being hand-picked, the social worker replied.
When Walter Reed officials found out that Joyce Rumsfeld had been secretly
invited, her friend — a frequent volunteer — was told she was no longer
welcome at the hospital.