Dole recuperating after bout of pneumonia, knee surgery

February 24, 2010

Former Senator Robert Dole is recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after knee surgery and a bout of pneumonia.

BUSH/Dole, the long-serving Kansas Republican who challenged Bill Clinton for the presidency in 1996, was admitted to Walter Reed with pneumonia about three weeks ago.

He recovered but stayed on for physical therapy on his knee.

“I’m making great strides, working between sessions and hope to be fully recovered and back at the office in a few weeks,” Dole, 86, said in a statement issued by his law firm, Alston & Bird.

Dole had knee surgery in late November, but his recovery has been set back because of the illness.

The former Senate Republican leader knows the ins and outs of Walter Reed.

In 2007, then-President George W. Bush named Dole to co-chair a commission to look into reports of problems at the hospital and in the rest of the military healthcare system.

Walter Reed is the top U.S. military hospital and treats presidents and lawmakers as well as many of the soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Dole speaks after being named by Bush as co-chair of a panel looking into reports of problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in October 2007)

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