Wounded vets push for better compensation

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Some wounded veterans say the way that retirement and disability pay is awarded is the top issue they want the Army to address.

Sixty-five wounded soldiers and their families met in San Antonio for an annual symposium to sort through some 70 concerns. They prioritized issues for commanders of the Army's Wounded Warrior Program to address.

Under current rules, wounded soldiers who medically retire have their retirement pay reduced by the amount of the Veterans Affairs disability pay. The wounded say they should be able to collect both payments in full, given the sacrifices they've made.

They also say that primary caregivers for injured service members should be eligible for some sort of stipend.