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Probe Ordered of Soldier Mistreatment at Wounded-Warrior Units

By    |   Friday, 01 May 2015 02:36 PM

A congressional committee ordered an investigation into the Army's wounded-warrior units after a media probe found allegations of widespread harassment and mistreatment of ill and wounded soldiers recuperating in the facilities, the Dallas Morning News reported.

An order to review treatment at the Army's Warrior Transition Units was included in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, the Morning News said.

It came from the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel, which has asked the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, to look into "whether there are systemic mistreatment issues in the Army WTUs," the Morning News said.

"Our defense bill requires a comprehensive report on the status of WTUs and their prospects in the future," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican who serves as the committee chairman, told the Morning News. "Continued oversight is crucial for us to see how things are going and look for additional improvements."

The Army's Medical Command responded that it welcomes a future inquiry as it strives to do a better job with care.

The Army oversees 25 Warrior Transition Units around the country, but it announced in mid-April that it would shutter 40 percent of the facilities as the war-related patient load has dropped, Stars and Stripes reported.

Details of mistreatment of soldiers emerged after a joint Dallas Morning News-KXAS-TV (NBC-5) investigation called "Injured Heroes, Broken Promises."

It found, through documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, that treatment had lagged and that service members who were sick or injured had been verbally abused, often called out as malingerers as they sought military healthcare.

The Morning News noted in its coverage that "hundreds of current or former soldiers based in Texas … registered complaints over the past five years" related to what they described as "constant friction between their medical requirements and the demands of a military culture based on order and discipline."

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A congressional committee ordered an investigation into the Army's wounded-warrior units after a media probe found allegations of widespread harassment and mistreatment of ill and wounded soldiers recuperating in the facilities, the Dallas Morning News reported.
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