Dole promises action

We have seen literally hundreds of presidential commissions form, meet and pledge action.  Really, they can pledge anything that they want, it will be up to the President and Congress to make it happen.  There are already a ton of committees looking to the Walter Reed problem. So, I’m not sure why another commission was necessary.  It would be different if Congress was ignoring the problem but they aren’t.  The VA has already looked into the problem and found a ton of problems

So often, I criticize the President for doing what I believe is the wrong thing.  I guess I shouldn’t be too harsh on this commission.  At least, there is the appearance of trying to the right thing.  Now, if all of these inquiries turn into better care of our soldiers then I’ll give President Bush a shout out.  Until then I’m just watchin’.



Injured soldiers returning home for medical treatment face an unacceptable maze of paperwork and bureaucracy, leaders of a presidential commission on veterans’ health care said Saturday.

At their first public hearing, members pledged to work quickly to find solutions rather than assign blame.


Donna Shalala, health and human services secretary under President Clinton, said the commission planned a report by late July that would be pragmatic and “solution-driven.”

“Our timeline for action is very short,” she said. As a result, she said commissioners may not be able to visit every military hospital and Veterans Affairs Department clinic to examine conditions.  (more…)

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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