2007 -- H 6426
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION
TO STUDY POTENTIAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS AT THE RHODE ISLAND VETERANS HOME
Introduced By: Representatives Carter, Gallison, Fox, Serpa, and Moffitt
Date Introduced: May 22, 2007
WHEREAS, The Walter Reed Army Medical facility recently fell under a cloud of
controversy when allegations of bureaucratic and administrative mishandling, as well as
unsanitary conditions were made; and
WHEREAS, Although Walter Reed is awash in the generosity of volunteers and
businesses who make significant contributions, seventy-five percent of the troops polled by
Walter Reed last March said their experience was "stressful"; and
WHEREAS, Upon visiting the facility, President Bush stated "We owe them all we can
give them. Not only for when they're in harm's way, but when they come home to help them
adjust if they have wounds, or help them adjust after their time in service"; and
WHEREAS, In light of various task force reviews occurring at Walter Reed, and the fact
that these issues have been ongoing for many years at the hospital without any action, it is
prudent to study improvements in the functioning of the Rhode Island Veterans Home at this time
in a precautionary and possibly very beneficial investigation; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of five (5) members: five (5) of whom shall be members of the general public, to be
appointed by the Speaker of the House.
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of all medical,
administrative, and operational functions at the Rhode Island Veterans Home.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select from among its members a
chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state, and the administration and staff of the Rhode
Island Veterans Home shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to
said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to
facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters
for said commission; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
House of Representatives no later than forty-five days after passage of said resolution and said
commission shall expire on January 2, 2008.