Panel To Address Veterans Needs

Some families of injured American troops say they have had to become full-time caregivers because of an overwhelmed health system.

A presidential panel Monday heard tales of financial
frustrations, lost jobs and tangles of red tape from the families
trying to get the veterans medical attention.

Sarah Wade of Chapel Hill says it took her two years to go
through paperwork and fix errors after her husband lost an arm and
suffered a serious brain injury in a bombing in Iraq.

President Bush created the commission in March after reports of
shoddy outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in
Washington D-C. Its final report is due in late July.

Legislation approved by a Senate committee last week aims to
correct some of the problems.