Sen. Patty Murray Pushing Pentagon on PTSD Review

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is pushing the Pentagon to move forward with its military-wide review of how soldiers are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral health.

Murray, the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday.

In June, Panetta called for the review after it was disclosed that medical screeners at the Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have reversed since 2007 hundreds of diagnoses of PTSD based on the expense of providing care and benefits to members of the military.

The evaluations are the key first step in determining soldiers’ disability benefits.

In the letter, Murray calls on Panetta to provide a timeline of the review and requesting the next steps.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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