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Last updated 9:26PM ET
December 11, 2017
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Bush Vows To Improve Veterans Health Care
(2007-10-16)
(Associated Press) -




President Bush is promising action to improve care for wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush is looking to move on some of the 35 recommendations given to him by a presidential panel in July. The committee was formed after news reports revealed substandard care at Walter Reed Army hospital in Washington.

The panel, headed by former Senator Bob Dole and former Health Secretary Donna Shalala (shuh-LAY'-luh), suggested shaking up the caregiving bureaucracy, with better record keeping, faster processing and better disability benefits.

Most of the steps are administrative, but some require action by Congress.

Bush says he feels a "special obligation" to ensure that veterans get the absolute best care.

He told an audience in Arkansas yesterday one thing he hopes to do is revamp the disability claims process so it's less "adversarial."
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