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    Posted May 1, 2014 by

    Delayed Care for Wounded Warriors

    My son was transferred to Ft. Lewis, Washington for surgery on his leg. It took over a year to have surgery. That was after records were lost, delayed, etc. Today he discovered he had a broken shoulder from a post operative fall at Ft. Leonard Wood. He has complained for 2 years of pain to his neck, shoulder and dropping things from numbness to his hands.
    His story is not uncommon. I visit the Wounded Warriors at Ft. Lewis quite a bit. Soldiers have waited for medical care and sent to physical therapy over and over and over until surgery is finally done or they are told nothing can be done. Case Managers and doctors leave and care has to start over. Many times they are sent to other programs rather than take care of problems that could have them functional in a timely manner.
    Soldiers that complain are "targeted" for disciplinary actions either real or imagined. It is not uncommon for a Warrior to be in the program in the barracks for over 2 to 3 years and still not have appropriate medical care. Some are just waiting to be released on a Medical Board Discharge. This can take anywhere from 6 months to years. So many are in limbo just waiting to see where life can take them. The Veteran's Administration has to evaluate them, then they are told to wait until discharge to have medical care until they are discharged.
    Our soldiers deserve better. These soldiers I am referring to are kept active duty until their paperwork is not lost and the left and right finally communicate.
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