Injured war vets testify for better care

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by SUE TURNER / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday heard directly from veterans who say challenges remain for amputees and other soldiers dealing with serious injuries.

Veterans testified that a lot of people get lost in the system, particularly those who live in rural areas and have long drives to VA hospitals.

There is also a problem with communication. One veteran says his family wasn't contacted until three hours after he got of surgery and they were panicked.

And then there was testimony that some of the care threatened not only their recovery but their lives.

"My mom was there and, if she wasn't there, I probably would have died because some of the nurses and the staff were going to put something in my IV that could have killed me. So definitely having someone by your side is important and I've heard that from numerous veterans," Iraq veteran Tim Horton said.

"We have to be very vigilant and keep continuing to work we obviously have work in front of us," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said.

One veteran says non profits like the Wounded Warrior project are helping veterans with funds get to their appointments.

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