Saturday, November 12, 2016

PTSD Soldiers Still Being Abused At Warrior Transition Units

Two years ago, the Dallas Morning News and NBC Dallas, "Injured Heroes Broken Promises" reported on how wounded soldiers were being abused at Warrior Transition Units. Yep, the very place where they were supposed to be sent to heal from what combat did to them. Most of the time we're talking about PTSD soldiers being told to "man up" but the reporters covering national news worthy of national attention did not think any of this was important. 

Most people in the country had no clue what was going on. So much for social media folks putting more attention on raising awareness about suicides instead of actually paying attention to the biggest reason behind our young veterans committing suicide. You'd think this would matter, but then again, they want you to think if they get attention for talking, they never really have to achieve what they claim is important to them.

The fine reporting out of Dallas Morning News and NBC Dallas is one of the reasons this site exists. The news is out there and it is up to you to do something with it, or just keep supporting what is popular. Hey, here's a thought, how about we make the truth matter for a change?

Badly wounded veterans need better care from special Army units, report says
Dallas Morning News
David Tarrant and Scott Friedman
November 11, 2016
“Those are the things we had lived through,” added Cynthia Adams, sitting next to her husband at their kitchen table. She’s relieved “it’s finally out there,” but wonders: “What difference is this going to make?”
FRANKSTON — Ken Adams leans on two canes as he limps into his dining room. Spread across the table are prescription pill bottles, knee and back braces, a therapeutic boot and other medical supplies he’s come to rely on in recent years after injuries he sustained in the Army.

Adams spent nearly two years in a Warrior Transition Unit, or WTU, a special Army unit for injured soldiers who need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. But his medical problems got worse — not better, he said.

At Fort Hood's WTU, Adams says commanders fought against his doctor's recommendations and denied him treatments for debilitating back pain.
When he complained to his supervisors, they made him feel like he was trying to milk the system. “I was just another dirtbag looking for a meal ticket,” said Adams, 50, a retired master sergeant and Bronze Star veteran of the Iraq war. “None of what I had achieved or had done on a personal level or in the military was of any relevance.”

Stories like Adams’ are backed up by a government report that recently found that the Army needs to improve how it cares for severely wounded warriors in its WTUs. Congress ordered the report after a series of investigative stories by The Dallas Morning News and its broadcast partner, KXAS-TV (NBC5).
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