Panel Pushes for Better Veteran Care

A presidential commission is pushing for some broad changes to veterans’ care.

The panel’s plan is to boost benefits for family members helping care for the wounded, establish an easy-to-use web site for medical records and overhaul the way disability pay is awarded.

President Bush said the panel had interesting suggestions on improving health care for those wounded in battle, but the White House said not to expect action right away.

Meanwhile, the Senate has passed a bill designed to end inconsistencies in disability pay for veterans. It would also boost severance pay and add up to $50 million for improved diagnosis of veterans with brain injury or post-traumatic stress.

The House is considering similar measures.

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