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Murray Questions Army Surgeon General on the Handling of Mental Wounds of War

Mar 28 2012

At Hearing of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Veterans Chairman Murray presses the Army Surgeon General on troubled PTSD unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and whether similar problems exist at other bases

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee questioned Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho 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 taking the cost of PTSD into consideration when making diagnosing decisions. The Army is currently reevaluating over 300 servicemembers and veterans who have had their PTSD diagnoses changed by that unit since 2007. Murray asked whether similar problems are happening at Army bases nationwide.