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N.C. woman testifies about lack of help for injured soldiers

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Families of injured soldiers are speaking out in frustration.

They told a presidential panel today that they were forced to become full-time caregivers because of an overwhelmed health system.

In its final weeks before issuing a final report, the nine-member commission heard testimony on the support available to loved ones of those hurt in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chapel Hill resident Sarah Wade, wife of Army Sergeant Ted Wade, says there's been an endless cycle of paperwork lost by the military after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury and severed his right arm.

Wade says it took her two years to get the necessary paperwork and fix other errors that resulted in lapsed government disability checks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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