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February 6, 2011

Pittsburg-Tribune Investigates Wounded Warrior Units, Finds Them Broken

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review documents life after the war for Veterans inside Wounded Warrior Care

Full Article at: Documents show Army’s disservice to broken soldiers

By Carl Prine
Sunday, February 6, 2011

“The reports starkly lay out the crux of the problem: The Pentagon is letting the Army turn the Warrior Transition barracks into “dumping grounds” that are “set up to handle everybody,” a policy that creates an “exponential misbalance” between veterans who should be there and personnel that commanders don’t want on combat deployments. Army policies make it too “difficult to determine a reasonable line of demarcation when it comes to providing care, and what level of care,” the reports contend.”

“Troops nationwide interviewed by the Trib, however, said patients who need more time to mend or who want second diagnoses to ensure adequate retirement benefits often are tagged in Casey’s Army as “malingerers” or ungrateful “garrison wreckage.””

“When a Trib reporter directly asked Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker about the problems the Pentagon team uncovered, the three-star general tasked with overseeing the Warrior Transition units walked away. Neither he nor his staff has answered written questions they requested from the Trib in October.”

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