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Bush Lawyers Argue Veterans Not Entitled to Mental Health Care Hotlist

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The Bush Administration is arguing in court that veterans have no legal right to specific types of medical care. This, in response to a class action law suit accusing the government of illegally denying mental health treatment to Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans.

In papers filed last week at the US District Court in San Francisco, lawyers for the VA wrote federal law establishes "veterans' eligibility for health care, but it does not create an entitlement to any particular medical service."

The San Francisco Chronicle has an excellent article on the case. Also check out our investigative report How Washington Cheats Veterans out of the Benefits They've Earned .

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A team of researchers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center found 95% of soldiers deployed to Iraq reported seeing dead bodies and remains, 95% had been shot at, and 89% had been ambushed or attacked. 69% had seen an injured woman or child and felt they could not provide assistance.

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Pacifica radio network reporter Aaron Glantz is author of the new book "How America Lost Iraq" (Tarcher/Penguin). More information at www.warcomeshome.org
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