December 01, 2016
By Daniel Zwerdling
An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries.
The Army’s report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it’s treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.
“I don’t think the Army understands the scope of this problem,” says Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “And I don’t think they’ve conveyed the seriousness to get it right.”
The Army’s report is “unbelievable,” says psychiatrist Judith Broder. “It’s just bizarre.” Broder was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama for organizing the Soldiers Project, a network of hundreds of psychotherapists and others who help troops and their families.