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House approves more help for wounded vets

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 29, 2007


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WASHINGTON

Reacting to shabby treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the House on Wednesday created a coterie of case managers, advocates and counselors for injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The "Wounded Warrior Assistance Act," approved 426-0, also establishes a hotline for medical patients to report problems in their treatment and demands an end to the red tape that has frustrated disabled service members as they move from Pentagon to Veterans Affairs Department care.

The bill would affect some of the more than 25,000 U.S. service members wounded in hostile action since military operations began in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More immigrants getting citizenship

The proportion of legal immigrants in the country who have become U.S. citizens has reached its highest mark in 25 years, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Research Center.

The population of naturalized U.S. citizens reached 12.8-million in 2005, the latest year available, the researchers found.

Also Wednesday, the Bush administration floated elements of an immigration plan that would make it harder for millions of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship than under legislation passed by the Senate last year, according to officials in both parties.

Also

AMBASSADOR: President Bush withdrew his nomination of Sam Fox, 77, who gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against John Kerry, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

[Last modified March 29, 2007, 00:41:06]


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