ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 18, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Joe Bergantino) United States medical capacity to handle troops wounded on the battlefield examined; details given of preparations in stateside Veterans Administration hospitals. [Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Edward DERWINSKI, Vietnam Vets of America Foundation Robert MULLER - offer differing opinions on whether Veterans Administration can do the job.] [Boston Veterans Administration Hospital director Smith JENKINS - says staff is not prepared.] Veterans Administration staffers' lack of training for handling burn or chemical victims noted. [Vietnam Vets of America president Mary STOUT - says system is not ready to handle chemical weapons victims.] Veterans Administration hospitals said already falling short in matters of overall health care standards. [Veteran of Foreign Wars Robert O'TOOLE - says Reserve call-ups are hurting Veterans Administration staffing.] Suggestion that wounded soldiers be sent to hospital trauma centers instead explained. [Tucson Medical Center trauma services Dr. Richard CARMONA - says experienced existing system should be used.] [Before Congress, MULLER - pleads for medical care for the soldier.]