Senator Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, questioned Army Secretary John McHugh on recent shortcomings in the Army’s efforts to properly diagnose and treat the invisible wounds of war. Specifically, Murray discussed the forensic psychiatry unit at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord that is under investigation for changing mental health diagnoses based on the cost of providing care and benefits to servicemembers. The Army is currently reevaluating nearly 300 service members and veterans who have had their PTSD diagnoses changed by that unit since 2007.
Psychiatrists at the military base where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the suspect in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, was stationed overturned more than 40 percent of diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder since 2007, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told colleagues at a Senate hearing Wednesday.
“To this point, we don’t see any evidence of this being systemic,” McHugh testified. “But as you and I have discussed,” he said referring to Murray, “we want to make sure that where this was inappropriate, it was an isolated case, and if it were not, to make sure we address it as holistically as we’re trying to address it at Madigan.”
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by Tactical-Life.com / Mar 22, 2012