Army Exams Units Treating Injured Soldiers

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* By Dan Frosch New York Times *

A high-ranking general said Monday that the Army wanted to learn more about shortcomings at its Warrior Transition Units, which treat soldiers with physical injuries and severe psychological trauma and have come under criticism from service members and their families.

On a visit to a unit at Fort Carson, Colo., Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, said that most soldiers in the units had had positive experiences, but that problems would be examined.

The general’s remarks came in response to a New York Times article published last month in which more than a dozen soldiers and health care professionals at Fort Carson described a raft of serious problems in the unit.

“This is definitely uncharted ground,” General Chiarelli said at a news conference. “And W.T.U.’s are really, really new units, and we learn every day. I think you all know the article that was in The Times pointed to some things we want to make sure we are looking at not only here in this W.T.U., but all our W.T.U.’s.”

Soldiers interviewed by The Times described waiting for months to be medically processed out of the Army. Others told of being treated with prescription drugs in lieu of therapy, and described drug addiction in the unit, including heroin abuse. Some said non-commissioned officers dealt with troubled soldiers too harshly.

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