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Military / Wounded Veterans / V.A. Hospitals #854287

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 07, 2007
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) President Bush's new pressure on the government to take better care of wounded troops in addition to the setup of a bipartisan commission led by former Senator Bob Dole and former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala reported.

(Studio: Brian Ross) Report on how the V.A. shelved reforms planned two years ago to make sure wounded soldiers did not get lost in the bureaucracy examined; example cited of one vet's inability to get treatment from a local V.A. hospital; details given about how the program was shelved when Jim Nicholson took over. [Wounded retired Army Spc. Tyson JOHNSON†- describes what happened.] [Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony PRINCIPI†- comments on the long wait.] [Former program manager Paul SULLIVAN†- says the program was shelved.] [NICHOLSON - says he does not know about the contingency tracking system.] [At hearings, V.A. benefits undersecretary Daniel COOPER†- cites computer link problems for veterans' military records.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Ross, Brian

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