Next month, this Commission will convene to publicly discuss our recommendations. In doing so, we must fulfill the following objectives of our charter:Commission Urges Improvements to Servicemembers' Care
- Evaluate and recommend improvments, where needed, to the transition from wounded warrior status back to military service or civilian life
- Evaluate and recommend ways to ensure access to the highest-quality service for returning wounded warriors
- Analyze the effectiveness of the process through which health care services and benefits are delivered.”
Today, the nine-member panel outlined six recommendations:
• Create comprehensive health recovery plans and develop a corps of highly trained coordinators to help servicemembers transition back to military duty or civilian life every step of the way.
• Simplify the way disabilities are determined and make the compensation system less confusing.
• Improve the system for diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, and work to make servicemembers less vulnerable to these two signature ailments of the war on terror.
• Significantly strengthen support for Families.
• Develop "My eBenefits," a one-stop Web site and information source for servicemembers that combines Defense Department and Veterans Affairs databases.
• Keep Walter Reed staffed with first-rate professionals until it closes in 2011.