UPI report spurs Pentagon probe

Oct. 19, 2003 at 10:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A United Press International report that wounded Iraqi war veterans are getting substandard medical care has sparked a federal investigation.

The Pentagon will dispatch a team to investigate claims that hundreds of sick and wounded soldiers at Fort Stewart, Ga., are waiting, sometimes for months, to see doctors, the Drudge Report said Sunday.

A UPI report last week described the horrible conditions imposed on National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers upon their return to the U.S. from Iraq.

The report told of deplorable, squalid living quarters for approximately 600 sick and wounded soldiers who are forced to wait weeks to even see a doctor.

The soldiers are on "medical hold," while the Army decides how sick or disabled they are and what benefits, if any, they should get as a result.

Some soldiers said they have waited weeks or months without getting a diagnosis or proper treatment

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