|01-17-2006, 05:45 PM||#1|
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Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Veterans Administration Healthcare Spending on Veterans with catastrophic injuries co
Veterans Administration Healthcare Spending on Veterans with catastrophic injuries come under criticism.
The articles starts with the Intrepid Medical Center which is being built in Texas, point out:
A new rehab center for injured U.S. soldiers sparks a controversy over healthcare for veterans
By Jessica Bennett
Updated: 7:49 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2006
In 2004, military officials, including then-Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, unveiled plans for a multimillion-dollar amputee-training center to be built at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. At the time, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Farmer, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and the Walter Reed staff praised “the record time” at which the project had gone “from concept to reality.” But that plan was put on hold in August when Walter Reed was put on a closure list as part of the federal base-closing process. It is slated to shut down in 2011.
More recently, the Bush administration faced harsh criticism for its 2005 VA budget. After the $29.5 billion healthcare-spending proposal was called “a disgrace and a sham” by the former head of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress responded by putting through a $1.5 billion emergency increase.
Nonetheless, the VA system is still plagued by long backlogs, with some veterans waiting months to be accepted into the system. At one VA hospital, says Cathy Wiblemo, deputy director for healthcare at the American Legion, there is a seven-year backlog to receive dental care. At another, a surgery ward was closed because there wasn’t sufficient staff to operate it.
“[Increased funding] is an obligation that the nation has, and needs to pick up,” Wiblemo said. “You can’t send [soldiers] over there and bring them back here and say, ‘Oh, sorry, you’re on your own!’ … The recognition needs to be there, and the bill needs to be paid.”
|01-17-2006, 10:05 PM||#2|
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