Like other wars, the war in Iraq has produced its share of medical miracles that help repay the sacrifices made by wounded veterans. But some involve high technology that is very expensive. We hear about some developments, who pays to make it available and how it's decided which veterans qualify. Also, civil rights cases are in the spotlight as President Obama closes in on a successor to Supreme Court Justice David Souter. On Reporter's Notebook, a film festival devoted to celebrating the successes and sacrifices of American soldiers.
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Tomorrow, it's back to work for the US Supreme Court with this session's most important cases still to be decided. It will be Justice David Souter's last opportunity to participate, and President Obama wants his replacement seated before next year's session begins in the Fall. Joan Biskupic covers the Court for USA Today.
Wars have been hugely important for medical science that saves lives. In contrast to Vietnam, 90% of the wounded are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. That's led to renewed focus on repaying their sacrifices by making their lives better, despite disabilities caused by lost limbs and spinal chord injuries. Innovations include a wheelchair that climbs stairs. But like other new, high-tech inventions, it's very expensive. We talk with the inventor, a veteran who has one and others about what it takes and what it costs to restore a semblance of normal life.
Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research and Development Corporation
Gary Linfoot, Chief Warrant Officer 4, US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Michael Mahler, Deputy Chief of Staff, Veterans Affairs' Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Gary Lawson, Vice President, America's Huey Foundation
During the early days of Hollywood and into the ‘50's, most war films celebrated the military and the heroism of American soldiers. Times have changed, so have the movies. The GI Film Festival, created to renew a sense of appreciation for military service, took place two weeks ago and was formally opened by John McCain. It's the creation of Brandon Millett, a civilian whose wife and festival-co-founder Laura graduated from West Point.
Brandon Millett, Co-founder, GI Film Festival