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May 18, 2012

News Briefs May 18, 2012

Army launches review of PTSD diagnoses

The U.S. Army is launching a sweeping, independent review of how it evaluates and diagnoses soldiers with possible post-traumatic stress disorder following recent complaints that some PTSD diagnoses were improperly overturned.

The Army says it is reviewing the diagnoses at all of its medical facilities going back to 2001. And top Army leaders say they will develop a plan to correct any decisions or policies necessary to make sure that soldiers are receiving the care and treatment they deserve.

The latest reviews were triggered by revelations that the forensic psychiatry unit at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state may have reversed diagnoses based on the expense of providing care and benefits to members of the military. AP

 

No significant changes near F-22 bases

The Air Force says people who live near F-22 bases shouldn’t see significant changes in how or where the aircraft are flying following new restrictions that will limit how far away from bases the stealth fighter jets can fly.

Officials at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia issued a statement to The Associated Press May 17 saying that operational guidance on the flight restrictions will go out to F-22 units over the next several days.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the restrictions May 15 as the Air Force attempts to figure out what’s causing pilots in the jet to experience dizziness and other symptoms of oxygen shortages while flying.

The plane is stationed in Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia. AP




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