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VA Hospital Care Improving, Says Bayh

Last updated on Friday, February 15, 2008

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The federal government is still working on problems with caring for wounded soldiers, nearly a year after the nation learned of conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center.

The improvements still were not good enough to save the life of sergeant William Cassidy of Carmel, who died while being treated for a brain injury at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Cassidy was in a coma for at least two days before being found.

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh says the Army has come a long way by improving staffing levels, and by learning more about traumatic brain injuries like Cassidy's. But he says the government and military need to learn how to better treat traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

The Wounded Warrior Act, signed into law a couple of weeks ago, attempts to ease the transition from military health care to VA health care.

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