Editorial: Water Reed - "'Frustratingly Slow'" - Unsigned - Washington Post

Editorial: Water Reed - "'Frustratingly Slow'" - Unsigned - Washington Post

Wounded veterans still are getting the runaround from their government

by: Editorial | publication date: October 21, 2007 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: B6

"Despite promises for reform, the fixes have been, as one congressman observed, "frustratingly slow" in coming. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office pointed to staff shortages as well as uncertainty in how to tackle some of the thornier issues. Last week, President Bush sent to Congress a proposal that would overhaul the military disability system. The product of a bipartisan commission led by former Senate majority leader Robert J. Dole and former health and human services secretary Donna E. Shalala, the proposal would end the duplication -- some would say duel -- between the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs in judging disability and determining the level of benefits and care."

An editorial by The Washington Post examining the steps taken by the government to reform the health-care system for wounded soldiers and war veterans since the Walter Reed scandal broke.

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