President Bush has enlisted former Sen. Bob Dole and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala to lead an investigation of problems at the nation’s military and veterans’ hospitals.
Bush was to announce his appointments Tuesday in a speech to the American Legion.
The president announced last Friday he had ordered a comprehensive review of conditions at the nation’s network of military and veteran hospitals, which has been overwhelmed by injured troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The review came in the wake of disclosures of shoddy outpatient health care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier facilities for treating veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dole, as a young Army officer during World War II, was grievously wounded in action in the Italian Apennine Mountains. He spent years in treatment and underwent numerous surgeries. He went on to become Senate majority leader as a Republican lawmaker and later ran unsuccessfully for president.
Shalala was secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. She is now president of the University of Miami.