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Some soldiers unhappy with Bragg's transition battalion

Posted April 10, 2012 7:25 a.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2012 10:16 a.m. EDT

— Some soldiers are unhappy with Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion, saying its leaders wrongly accuse troops of faking illness or injury to prevent them from getting full military benefits.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/IzME4S) about two dozen soldiers or family members spoke out about the battalion at a meeting Monday.

Nine soldiers indicated the military has accused them of faking illness or injury in an effort to receive some form of benefit.

Battalion officers said they expect that an inspected ordered by the Fort Bragg commander in February will find no wrongdoing.

A report on the inspection is scheduled to be released to the public by April 18. Lt. Col. Frank Helmick called for the inspection after hearing from Vickie Ray, of Texas, a leader of a group of advocates.

Ray said her organization of about 75 advocates wants to find legal representation for soldiers.

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.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer