2007 -- H 6426

Enacted 05/22/07


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N






     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.