Hunter & McHugh Hail Passage of the Bipartisan Wounded Warriors Assistance Act

Mar 27, 2007
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Republican Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Military Personnel Subcommittee Ranking Republican John McHugh (R-NY) today hailed the House passage of the bipartisan Wounded Warriors Assistance Act.

“Our brave men and women who have been injured or wounded serving their country deserve only the finest healthcare America can provide them,” said Rep. Hunter. “This bill ensures the military medical system is customer friendly and responsive to the needs of our injured warriors and their families.  We create a toll-free number to call to report any deficiencies in medical support facilities.  We also cap the number of cases that physical evaluation board liaison officers and medical care case managers may be assigned.”

“H.R. 1538 is an initial step to addressing the systemic shortcomings that led to the unacceptable treatment of our wounded troops at Walter Reed.  Working together, we were able to quickly develop this important legislation to tackle the complex process our recovering service members and families face.  We certainly owe them and their families nothing less than the reassurance that they will receive the best possible care and treatment throughout the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” stated Rep. McHugh.

“I’d like to thank Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO), Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AK), Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) and all of the members of Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee for their efforts in crafting this fine bill,” concluded Hunter.