The Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee voted to rescind the 4 year old Bush regulation barring new enrollments in Group 8 which deals with providing assistance to veterans needing medical care for combat stress. Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka indicated new legislation would require individualized programs for veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, and extend eligibility to obtain assistance for Post Traumatic Stress from two to five years. It would also allow the VA to contract services in areas where specialists are not on VA staff.
This is another example of concern by Democrats for those who have served the nation. Congressional Democrats have already informed President Bush the military will receive a 3.5% pay increase rather than his 3%. The president claims 3.5% would cause economic problems since money is lacking for this raise. Of course, he refuses to rescind tax cuts to obtain more money.