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Stepping up treatment for wounded troops

July 13, 2007

Albany - - They fought for our country and came home with serious wounds only to be victimized by the health care system that was supposed to heal them. Congress investigated problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other veterans hospitals throughout the country and is now working to fix those problems. 

Albany veteran Bob Washington was injured in Vietnam. Shrapnel pierced his back while on a convoy.

He supports a plan lawmakers are considering that would allocate money to veterans hospitals to upgrade their services. 

"It's just time to shape it up, it needs to be shaped up. Lives are being lost everyday. A message need to be sent out to say we need the best, we need to be cared for," Washington says.

Senator Saxby Chambliss wrote part of the Wounded Warrior Act which Senators Friday agreed to include in a larger defense bill they're currently debating.

Chambliss's provisions include granting the Department of Defense authority to review how hospitals treat traumatic brain injury patients, developing an improved plan on how the military recruits health care workers, and creating an Ombudsman Office for better accountability and assistance to families.