I spent two and a half months at Walter Reed twenty years ago. Yikes, how time flies! Now, the place is in the news for scandalous warehousing of combat veterans.
Another example of stupidity on the part of civilian bureacrats who didn’t count the cost before going to war? Partly.
Yet this kind of thing happened then, too, though on a smaller scale. What do you do with soldiers who can’t stay in the hospital, but aren’t quite ready to go back to their unit, or are awaiting discharge paperwork? You put them in a holding company. And they sit around bored–day after boring day after boring day.