Checking the documents at FAS, I found this one from 1998, A National Obligation: Planning for Health Preparedness for and Readjustment of the Military, Veterans, and Their Families after Future Deployments. I’ve not yet had time to read it, but I will. Here is the first paragraph from the Recommendations:
The Federal Government has an unwavering obligation to care for the health of those placed in harm’s way to defend the vital interests of the Nation. Therefore, the Federal Government must be able to respond promptly and effectively to the health needs of our military, veterans, and their families. In particular, when health problems are identified following a military deployment, plans must be in place to improve and facilitate cooperation and coordination among DoD, VA, and DHHS, as well as among other appropriate agencies of the Executive Branch. This report, prepared in response to PRD/NSTC-5, provides the first comprehensive set of recommendations designed to help ensure that this obligation is met in a manner that takes into consideration the successes and failures of past deployments.
The numerous goals, objectives, and strategies contained in the report provide a roadmap to improve the health preparedness associated with troop deployments. Each strategy recommends specific actions needed to achieve the stated goals and objectives. This chapter provides the IWG’s assessment of the major recommendations that emerged from its deliberations.
These recommendations can be divided into two main categories:
* Recommendationsdesigned to that improve coordination across DoD, VA, and DHHS on a continuous basis.; and
* Recommendations that require agencies to adopt changes that may require interagency coordination, but are more dependent on significant programmatic changes occurring within agencies.
Was anything implemented?