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Wounded Warrior Series

February 6, 2011
By Carl Prine
Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers within the Army's Warrior Transition program aren't receiving psychological care they need and are being discharged into communities ill-prepared to help them. A nine-month investigation by the Tribune-Review, buttressed by documents passed to the newspaper by soldiers and the Pentagon's Office of Wounded Warrior …

Documents show Army's disservice to broken soldiers

February 6, 2011
By Carl Prine
WASHINGTON -- The Army's special medical units should be healing more than 9,300 soldiers entrusted to their care. But a nine-month probe by the Tribune-Review found America's sick and injured soldiers must struggle to mend …


20-year servicewoman, disabled by war, faces ruin

February 6, 2011
By Carl Prine
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Aggravating a combat training injury, Sgt. 1st Class Diana Clark's back and neck gave out in Iraq in 2006. The soldier's heavy armor slowly tore apart discs and muscles, just as the …


Medical units pay price of lowered recruiting standards, reports say

February 6, 2011
By Carl Prine
WASHINGTON -- Special Army medical units designed to heal wounded heroes today brim with criminals, drug addicts, malingerers and mentally and physically broken soldiers who brought their ailments to boot camp, according to internal Pentagon reports obtained by the Tribune-Review. Compiled in 2009 and 2010 by the Pentagon's Office of …


Program for departing service members plagued by inconsistencies, indifference

February 6, 2011
By Carl Prine
WASHINGTON -- Launched during a time of peace to aid departing service members, the Transition Assistance Program is failing war veterans and their families, according to Pentagon reports obtained by the Tribune-Review. Called "TAP," it …


Transition staff for military wounded poorly trained, stigmatized, fatigued

February 7, 2011
By Carl Prine
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- On May 28, 2007, a bomb planted by an Iraqi insurgent along Route Canal in the village of Zaganiyah tore into Sgt Ken Katter's truck. Blood dribbling from his ears and regaining consciousness, the Army cavalry scout dusted himself off and never left the front lines of …


Military wives take charge to ensure quality care for injured husbands

February 7, 2011
By Carl Prine
WASHINGTON -- Colleen Kenny Saffron of Castle Shannon married her artilleryman nearly two decades before an improvised explosive device detonated on his truck near Al Rasheed, Iraq. The May 5, 2004, blast killed two buddies …


Army's mental health programs swamped, understaffed

February 7, 2011
By Carl Prine
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers within the Army's Warrior Transition program aren't receiving psychological care they need and are being discharged into communities ill-prepared to help them. A nine-month investigation by the Tribune-Review, buttressed by documents passed to the newspaper by soldiers and the Pentagon's Office of …


Lieutenant colonel finds success treating 'soldier as a person'

February 8, 2011
By Carl Prine
FORT RILEY, KAN. -- It's 6:27 a.m. on a crisp Nov. 19, and the first soldiers in Company A, Warrior Transition Battalion have limped into the cavernous airplane hangar Fort Riley has turned into a gym. Some stumble on crutches. Others lean against buddies as they shuffle into their morning …


Top Army doctor disputes Tribune-Review series

February 13, 2011
By Carl Prine
The Army's top doctor has sharply criticized a nine-month probe by the Tribune-Review that found ongoing neglect of wounded, sick and injured soldiers in the service's Warrior Transition units. In a letter to the editor, Army Surgeon General Eric B. Schoomaker wrote that the Trib's articles "grossly misrepresent" the Army's …


Big changes in treating wounded troops delayed

July 27, 2011
By Carl Prine
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A special task force charged by Congress with proposing widespread changes in the way the United States treats its sick and wounded military members on Tuesday delayed discussing the most substantive reforms until next year. The Recovering Warrior Task Force began voting on 37 findings and recommendations …


Task force devises ways to better treat injured veterans

July 28, 2011
By Carl Prine
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- With more controversial and sweeping changes in military medical care put off until next year, the Recovering Warrior Task Force moved steadily Wednesday to shore up problems dogging wounded, sick and injured military personnel and their families. "I was very happy with the progress we made today, …