Thousands of veterans receiving Veterans Administration (VA) health
benefits may lose them when soldiers from the war in Iraq return,
Robert Roswell, MD, told the House Subcommittee on National Security,
Emerging Threats, and International Relations in late March. Roswell is
the undersecretary for health at the VA.
"If there is . . . demand for care, lower priority veterans could
get bumped," Roswell told the committee. "It's the way the law is
written." Veterans in the lowest priority categories (based on such
factors as type of injury) stand to lose health benefits such as
outpatient care and pharmacy benefits.
Vastag B. Veterans' Health Benefits. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2202. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2202-a