Bush prods lawmakers to pass legislation based on proposals by veterans

October 17, 2007 01:50

President George W. Bush pushed Congress on Tuesday to help modernize the government's inefficient system that cares for wounded veterans of war. The president said his administration had implemented most recommendations made in July by a bipartisan commission, and now it was Congress' turn to finish the job. Bush sent legislation to Capitol Hill for implementing those recommendations that require legislative action. "Medical advances have enabled battlefield medics and hospitals to provide our wounded warriors with care that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago," Bush said, standing in the Rose Garden with wounded troops. "Yet our system for managing this care has fallen behind. It's an old system. It's an antiquated system. It's an outdated system that needs to be changed."

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