Hunter Votes to Support Injured American Warfighters

Mar 19, 2007
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Wounded Warrior Assistance Act for 2007 during committee markup.  The legislation would ensure that America’s injured and wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines receive the finest healthcare through the military health system.

“Our brave men and women who have been injured or wounded serving their country deserve only the finest healthcare.  The legislation is a solid first step toward ensuring they receive that care,” said Rep. Hunter, an original co-sponsor of the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act.

“It’s also important to note that the circumstances at Walter Reed are not a reflection of the hard work and dedication exhibited day in and day out by the incredible military medical professionals who are responsible for saving countless lives.  They should be celebrated as the heroes they are.”

The Wounded Warriors Assistance Act was written by and has the support of the senior Republicans and Democrats on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

“In addition to the chairmen of the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee, I would like to thank Rep. McHugh and Rep. Buyer for their efforts in crafting this fine bill,” said Hunter.

H.R. 1538, the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007, provides the people, training and oversight mechanisms needed to ensure that our wounded warriors receive committed quality care.  The legislation also sets the stage for much needed reform of administrative processes that will restore member confidence in the integrity and efficiency of the disability evaluation system and begin the process of achieving a truly seamless transition of service members to the Department of Veterans Affairs programs.