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Iraq War / Homefront / Walter Reed / Disability System #852808

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 24, 2007
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Washington: John Yang) Reports in the "Washington Posts" and the "Army Times" on the delays in disability benefits for veterans of the Iraq war examined; scenes shown from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. [Wounded soldier Army Sgt. David YANCY‡- says he has to fight the system and the process here.] [Military defense lawyer David SHELTON†- says the system is overtaxed with soldiers staying at Walter Reed waiting for benefits; talks about the soldiers' severe anxiety.] GAO report on permanent disability retirements for wounded soldiers cited.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler; Washington: Dana Priest) The hurried repairs on Walter Reed's Building 18 after the uproar from the public and a rebellion from retired generals clamoring for action and what all this means for wounded veterans at Walter Reed and other facilities with a hope for more respectful bureaucracies discussed; scenes shown of repair work.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Next week's NBC series "Wounds of War" and tomorrow's "Meet the Press" previewed.

Seigenthaler, John;
Yang, John;
Priest, Dana

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