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Army Announces PTSD Review
WASHINGTON—The Army announced it will conduct a service-wide review of soldier behavioral health diagnoses and evaluations.
Earlier this year, the Army announced that it reviewing a number of behavioral health diagnoses at Madigan Army Medical Center after some soldiers had argued that their PTSD diagnoses were changed so that they would qualify for a lesser amount in disability compensation. That review is still ongoing, but the Army said it has already found that the original PTSD diagnoses were more accurate in some instances.
The new review launched will examine diagnoses and evaluations made at all of the Army’s medical facilities.
“We owe it to every soldier to ensure that he or she receives the care they need and deserve,” said Secretary of the Army John McHugh in a statement. “Just as our behavioral health professionals are committed to providing the best possible care, we, too, must ensure that our processes and procedures are thorough, fair and conducted in accordance with appropriate, consistent medical standards.”
Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno said in a statement that in addition to reviewing behavioral health diagnoses, officials “will develop a detailed action plan to identify, analyze and, if needed, correct behavioral health policy, procedure or programmatic issues in the Army’s implementation of these vital systems.”
Sen. Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a statement in response to the Army-wide review that the Army realizes it has “a nationwide, systematic problem on their hands.”
“I credit them with taking action, but it will be essential that this vast and truly historic review is done the right way. That means continued engagement from Army leadership at the highest levels, prompt attention to the problems of servicemembers identified during the review, and not only the identification of problems but quick action to implement and enforce solutions,” she said.
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