Spurred by reports of atrocious conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, President Bush has established a commission to study how wounded soldiers are cared for when they return to the U.S. The bipartisan commission will be led by former senator Robert Dole, a disabled World War II veteran, and former HHS secretary Donna Shalala. Bush has also asked that the VA secretary create a task force addressing near-term problems in caring for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. As Bush's commission and task force gear up, an independent review group is busy assessing outpatient treatment at Walter Reed, with a report due within 45 days. Meanwhile, hearings on Walter Reed's problems continue on Capitol Hill, with Army leaders taking significant fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
To learn more about military healthcare situation:
- read this piece from The Washington Post