Five months after a public outcry over veterans health care, a nine-member commission released a report on how to improve the military's health system.
The commission, headed by former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, suggested:
- overhauling and simplifying the current disability and compensation system;
- requiring comprehensive training programs in post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries for military and Veterans Affairs personnel;
- creating a Web site to let patients and doctors share information as patients move to other facilities; and
- providing more financial support and leave for families of injured service members.
Two experts on military health care, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. S. Ward Casscells and Director of Policy for Veterans for America Jason Forrester, answer your questions.