Update: Fox News reports that Walter Reed has done an “about face,” and will reopen the dining hall to wounded warriors.
The U.S. military has reportedly invalidated meal tickets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for soldiers housed inside the campus’ building where the most severely wounded recuperate.
Fox News reported Thursday that cutbacks at the Warrior Cafe — the sole dining hall in building 62 — went into effect earlier this month. Additionally, the hall, which was previously closed on weekends, will also be stopping service two hours earlier during the weekend.
The decision forces amputees and troops receiving long-term care to trek nearly a half-mile across the Walter Reed campus to a temporary “food trailer,” instead of the facility down the hall from their rooms, Fox reported.
Sgt. Josh Wetzel, who lost both his legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan, is one of those soldiers.
“I mean, it’s called the Warrior Cafe, you would think it is for us,” he said.
Lt. Col. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Fox News after several inquiries that the decision would be reversed, but as of Thursday, no reversal had been announced.