Army Launches Investigation into Allegations that it Wrongfully Discharged 22,000 Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders
Dewcember 4, 2015- 1:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the U.S. Army’s announcement
that it will conduct a thorough, multidisciplinary investigation into
allegations that the Army has, since 2009, forcefully separated more
than 22,000 soldiers for “misconduct” after they returned from
deployment and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorders
(PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brown and his Senate
colleagues wrote to now-Acting U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley in November, calling
for an investigation.
“The Army should not forcefully separate veterans with war-related
injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury,
preventing them from receiving critical health care and other
benefits,” Brown said. “I’m glad the Army is responding to the public
outcry over these reports and taking action to investigate this issue.
Any of our brave servicemembers unfairly separated deserve to have their
benefits reinstated so they can have full access to treatment.”
Brown’s November letter
expressed serious concern that the dismissed soldiers will not receive
the critical retirement, health care, and employment benefits that those
with an honorable discharge would receive. He also emphasized that the
forceful separation of soldiers PTSD or TBI further denies these women
and men of much-needed treatments, and may even discourage other
servicemembers from seeking the medical treatment they require.
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