Panetta “concerned” about dispute over PTSD diagnoses at Madigan, asks Pentagon undersecretary to follow up
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today said he’s watching developments in an investigation into Madigan Army Medical Center’s behavioral health program and has asked the Pentagon’s top personnel officer to follow up on how the military can learn from the controversy over disagreements in PTSD diagnoses.
His remarks came at a defense budget hearing where Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., pressed him about his knowledge of Madigan’s forensic psychiatry team. That unit, created in 2008, reviewed PTSD diagnoses and sometimes adjusted them to other diagnoses.
The decisions were costly to some service members whose adjusted diagnoses did not entitle them to the …