Post team nets Pulitzer for Walter Reed coverage
Staff members of the Washington Post won six Pulitzer Prizes yesterday. All deserve praise and recognition, but one holds special meaning for me as a veteran: the award given to Dana Priest, Anne Hull and Michel du Cille for public service in connection with their coverage of the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Their stunning series opened our eyes to the appalling state of the nation's premier medical center for wounded servicemembers -- and spurred a national debate on a very important question: What does America owe its veterans? By the time the dust settled, their reporting had shaken up the Army's medical chain of command, catalyzed millions of dollars in renovations at Walter Reed, triggered a presidential commission on veterans issues, and renewed public awareness about the struggles of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. I salute Ms. Priest, Ms. Hull and Mr. du Cille for their outstanding journalism, and their service to America's men and women in uniform.
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