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Army announces 15 soldiers have been notified of PTSD re-evaluations

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
March 21, 2012 8:10 pm

The Army announced today that it has notified 15 soldiers of their results for behavioral health diagnoses conducted as part of an investigation into whether Madigan Army Medical Center’s forensic psychiatry unit changed post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses.

In January, the Army opened an investigation into the Madigan evaluation team following complaints that it adjusted diagnoses in such a way that soldiers did not receive full disability benefits for PTSD. The Army is conducting at least three investigations into Madigan’s PTSD diagnoses.

Of the 1,500 soldiers who have been diagnosed at Madigan since 2007, 285 were invited to be re-evaluated. A team of behavioral health professionals began re-evaluations March 12. They are expected to continue for months; the Army said it should complete 20 to 60 reevaluations each week.

Following is a breakdown of the 15 soldiers’ re-evaluation results:

Of the nine soldiers whose original diagnoses included PTSD, five were found to have PTSD and four were found to have a different behavioral health condition.

Of the six whose original diagnoses did not include PTSD, four were found to have PTSD and two were found to have a different behavioral health condition.

The re-evaluation process includes providing information about behavioral health programs and resources available to soldiers.

Soldiers who passed through Madigan and have complaints about their diagnoses may call the Warrior and Family Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.

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