Pres. Bush Executes Order for Care of Wounded 'Global War on Terror
President George W Bush signed an
executive order establishing a commission for the care of those wounded
in battles across Iraq and Afghanistan. The order provides a
comprehensive review of the care provided to wounded military personnel
upon their return to the United States.
The commission would comprise of nine members appointed by President
Bush and he will designate two co-chairs from member ranks. The
commission's mission is short-term and sets to examine the
effectiveness of returning wounded service members' transition from
deployment to successful return to productive military service or
Furthermore the commission would recommend improvements; evaluate the
coordination, management, and adequacy of the delivery of health care,
disability, traumatic injury, education, employment, and other benefits
and services to returning wounded; and recommend ways to ensure that
programs provide high-quality services.
The president expects to grow effective outreach to service members
regarding such benefits and services, and service members' level of
awareness of and ability to access these benefits and services. The
commission would seek support from foundations, veterans' service
organizations, non-profit groups, and religious organizations.
The Secretary of Defense would provide administrative support and
funding for the commission. Commission members were expected to serve
without compensation but provisional travel expenses would be allowed
dependent upon available funds.
President Bush expects the commission's final report on matters by 30
June 2007, with a buffer of 30 days should co-chairs agree more time
was needed. The group would be disbanded upon 30 days after submitting
its final report.
President Bush will name representatives for a task force called
"Interagency Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes,"
which would consist of designees from the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs, who shall serve as chair; Secretary of Defense; Secretary of
Labor; Secretary of Health and Human Services; Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development; Secretary of Education; Director of the Office of
Management and Budget; Administrator of the Small Business
Administration; and other officers or employees of the United States,
as determined by the Secretary. Presumably the task force carries-out
the commission's findings, however that goal was not immediately clear
from the executive order.
The Global War on Terror Heroes task force would identify and examine
existing federal services that currently are provided to returning
Global War on Terror service members; identify existing gaps in such
services; seek recommendations from appropriate federal agencies on
ways to fill those gaps as effectively and expeditiously as possible
using existing resources; and ensure that in providing services federal
agencies communicate, cooperate, and facilitate through informal and
The task force ensures the provision of services to those service
members as effectively and expeditiously as possible the president
said, and it has 45 days from 6 March 2007 to submit its action plan.
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