From: Anonymous Military Physician’s E-Mail Address Withheld
Date: November 9, 2019 at 1:13:01 PM MST
To: [email protected]

9 November 2019

Dear Mr. Weinstein

Thank you for your effective and timely intervention on behalf of active duty military members and veterans in regard to exposing patients at the storied Wilford Hall medical facility at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, one of the largest “crown jewels of Military Medicine” in the US, to flagrant Christian fundamentalist proselytizing through TV programming in a waiting room area.

I write to you as a physician who both practices in Military Medicine and who has studied this unique global healthcare system over many years.

Currently as you know the Military Healthcare System is undergoing an historic transition to an interservice Defense Health Agency (DHA) ordered by the NDAA. This transition like all major change is both exciting and painful. All stakeholders are hoping for success.

A basic tenant of the DHA all healthcare systems is achieving high results and measured grades in patient experience satisfaction. Patients are unique “customers” who deserve positive high quality interactions during any encounter with their healthcare system. This includes a wide range of experiences including the experience in healthcare facility waiting rooms.

Unfortunately MRFF had the need to responded to complaints from over 30 clients at the Wilford hall medical facility who were expose to the Christian Evangelical  TBN network while they were patiently waiting for medical services – hence “trapped”. Some of these patients may have been ill, in pain or otherwise suffering hence rendering them vulnerable to any messaging . Yet, not being helpless, they courageously  reached out to you at MRFF for assistance. They knew of the very fine reputation of you ,Mr Weinstein, and your team at MRFF has as it relates to “being there” for them after they have exhausted all other options and remedies. They are aware of your accessibility, your effectiveness, efficiency and, perhaps most of all, your courage in in improving the quality of lives in the Military or in Military retirement as Veterans by protecting their legal rights under Military Regulations and the United States Constitution. I am certain that they and many others are exceedingly grateful to you for your work.

Mr. Weinstein – Religious  proselyting is bad enough on its face but is especially egregious when done in a Military medical facility which is both cruel medically and constitutionally illegal.

You and MRFF responded effectively and efficient to shut this inappropriate TV programing down. Thank you for your very swift and decisive action!

I would suggest that MRFF follow-up with this particular facility to ensure that this particular evangelical  programming does not re-appear and also MRFF taking on studying the official policy of TV programming in the US military common areas to ensure that no inappropriate religious proselytizing is ever taking place. I read an article in Stars and Stripes from April of this year which addressed a similar issue of political TV programming where it seems that the agency in question issued new rules.

If no formal policy exits on this matter the MRFF should demand one. As you well know the media is an exceedingly powerful  and pervasive influence on our hearts and minds-especially when we are in a vulnerable state like illness.

I cannot thank you enough for this excellent intervention and for your interest in pursuing a global Military policy on this important matter. I am willing and able to help.

If the new Defense Health Agency (DHA) is serious about its commitment to high patient experience satisfaction it should  be very eager to assist you on this issue. This is an ideal  time for the new DHA  to step up and to do what is right.

Very respectfully

Anonymous Military Physician

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  1. rick

    The, >RealNot Children in Adults BodiesReligious Trained and Controlled” robots where they shouldn’t be other than the >Inside< of their chosen building of stupid,, and there alone.
    Keep all imaginary religious belief systems where they belong,, in the "Fiction Section" of imagination and Fantasy,,, where the belong..

  2. BioLib

    Sounds like Rick needs to put on his big girl panties and deal with it.

  3. G

    No BioLib, you need to put on your panties and deal with it.

  4. Stephen

    The first amendment gives us freedom of speech. This includes sharing the Gospel and public prayer.

  5. Stephen

    Your website only mentions part of the first amendment. The complete version of the first amendment is mentioned below.

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    The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the government from making laws which regulate an establishment of religion, prohibit the free exercise of religion, or abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

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