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Wounded Vets Face Red Tape, Confusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Severely wounded service members are sometimes facing more red tape and confusion as a result of reforms meant to streamline military health care.

The Washington Post reports that families, congressional overseers and veterans’ advocates say efforts to better coordinate care for such troops have fallen short.

A federal commission recommended in 2007 that every single wounded service member be assigned a federal recovery coordinator to assist them. This followed reports that troops recovering from catastrophic wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities were getting lost in the military’s system.

But the newspaper reports that at least a dozen Pentagon and Veteran Affairs Department programs have sprung up to coordinate care.

While a Government Accountability Office official says all of the programs and case managers may be hampering efforts to better manage care, Pentagon officials say they’re ensuring that recovering troops get help.

Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. VFW ROSDALE MD says:

    vets are waiting over a year for surgerys, 2 days in emerengcy rooms. Who hires The help at veterans Hospitals, should be fired first along with the folks that do not speak english. WHO EVER WOULD OF THOUGHT THIS WOULD OF HAPPENED TO AMERICAN GI”S

  2. PO PO PO says:

    Here in maryland illegals move to the front of the line way in front of our veterns for health care

  3. army wife says:

    My husband was injured in Afghanistan. He was put in a WTU unit (wounded transition unit) and told by the commander of the WTU unit that their job was NOT to help him get better but to get him out of the WTU as soon as possible. The past year has been extremely difficult as I try to help him and do my regular full time job. Every day is a struggle. Once again the people running these programs that don’t stand by our soldiers and veterans should feel free to stand in front of them. Maybe then they’ll get it and do their jobs properly.

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