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Bragg commander orders inspection of battalion

Posted February 16, 2012

— The commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps has begun an inspection of the battalion that helps soldiers suffering from physical or mental problems, starting with a meeting with wounded troops and their spouses.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/zWWdTt) that about a dozen wounded soldiers and others met Wednesday night to discuss problems in the Warrior Transition Battalion. The meeting followed a decision Tuesday by Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick to investigate the battalion.

Fort Bragg Inspector General Maggie Dunn attended the meeting to gather information and determine how to set up the inspection. Participants complained that some soldiers are overmedicated while others are unable to get the help they need.

The Warrior Transition Battalion was created in 2007 in response to the scandal over shoddy conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Fort Bragg's unit is among more than 30 across the Army.

The battalion helps soldiers, many of whom were wounded in combat, navigate the medical system and monitor their progress and treatment.

Families told Dunn that they think the unit is trying to weed out soldiers.

"Any charge of not taking care of our soldiers or not doing our job is something we're going to take seriously," Brig. Gen. Michael Garrett, chief of staff at Fort Bragg, told WRAL News on Thursday. "We're going to look into it. The way that we do that is directed inspections."


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  • pups4sherri Feb 17, 2012

    I need help!!! I saw this story and there was a women that was talking about her husband having a seizure in her living room floorand diying.She thought that it was the drugs that the army was giving him reacted with other medication that the army gave him. I lost my son on Sept 5, 2011. He had a PTSD and fell in DC on ice, was intubated and take to hospital for head injury. He was transferred to hawaii to Tripler to work in the ER. (he was a combat medic. He had a wreck in Dec where he blacked out and hit a pole. He was diagnosed with having seizures. My child was not on any medication til then.He was put on all kinds of meds including oxycotin. He was found in September 5th in his bathroom passed away. I think with the combination of all the meds he was on that the meds reacted and killed him. If anyone knows this ladie could you please contact me. pups4sherri@gmail.com

  • loprestw Feb 17, 2012

    hellokittygirl is right, there are too many soldiers milking the system who are not from combat arms MOS's and never came close to combat. The real warriors from the Infantry are not crying and the ones who do need help can't get it because of some cry baby from some support unit!

  • momuv2 Feb 16, 2012

    Our brave soldiers / sons, have seen the worst that humans can do to humans. They deserve ALL that America has to offer to help them return to normal life. This includes PTSD, physical wounds, and hazing, and sexual molestation, cuts from glass ceilings, and drug addiction, and any other problem that resulted from their deployment to one of the most inhospitable places in the world.

  • reneekatter Feb 16, 2012

    Anyone who has been in heavy combat has to have a form of PTSD - if not, in my opinion there's something wrong. Its NOT normal to watch as humans are violently killed... therefore, if someone who has been in a combat zone and has been in combat and claim PTSD SHOULD be medically treated. It is NOT the job of cadre to figure out if someone is malingering, that's where problems start going wrong. If a doctor says a soldier has PTSD, that cadre member needs to remain professional - non judgmental and if they can't do that - they need another job. Many of the cadre members have not even been to combat themselves - so how the heck can they understand our combat veterans!!?!

  • reneekatter Feb 16, 2012

    HelloKittyGirl, of course you would see that view point... as you are getting more money to be "cadre" than our paratroopers get for jumping out of airplanes and you would agree with the chain of command as not to lose your extra pay.

  • Blindman Feb 16, 2012

    I'm surprised by some of the remarks here. Isn't "milking the system" what we do best in this country today? If anyone in our society deserves welfare I would think that it is the ones that have served our country. Not the ones our country has served. Take a look around yourself. Even a blind man could see the system abuse.

  • tom73b Feb 16, 2012

    As a person who has been in the military (army Vietnam era) 7th SFGP I can surely grant you there are many, many, that are looking for a free paycheck. As most who have served know that for every soldier actually fighting the enemy, there are 4 to 5 in support roles who, never even get close to the enemy. And i would bet my bottom dollar that allot of these so called PTSD patients fit into that cat.....AS for the soldiers with real problems my hope and prayers go out to them.

  • ghimmy51 Feb 16, 2012

    Always been normal for the Army to setup units to help and use referral to that unit to drum people out. It's gone on as long as I've been around and probably always will. Life ain't fair and the Army never is.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 16, 2012

    And I am sure the Gen is qualified to mentally and medically evaluate the troops. I did not see what medical schools he attended. Yep some folks play the system VA finally got one that was in yesterdays paper. But when the standards were lowered so anybody that could walk was accepted in the Army its hard to say did they have problems before orwere the problems caused by combat

  • hellokittygirl Feb 16, 2012

    I personally work for the WTB and i can tell you 1st hand that ALOT of Soldiers do in fact malinger. There are a lot of national guard and reserve soldiers that tell us that they are playing the system because its a paycheck. They live in hotels, no utilities bills or anything. Its sad for the Soldiers that are here and truly need to be here. Or for the Soldiers that need to be here and cannot come because there is no space available due to the malingering Soldiers unwillingness to leave. There are Soldiers that have been here 3+ years playing the system. I see it 1st hand daily