Apr 26, 2010 10:28 PM by Matt Stafford

Fort Carson and Washington respond to NY Times article

Many points in Sunday's New York Times article have Fort Carson's and Washington's attention.

"There was a New York Times article yesterday (Sunday) about our Warrior Transition Unit at Ft. Carson Colorado, that probably raised concern about how the Army is caring for its wounded ill and injured soldiers," Lt. Gen Eric Schoomaker, Surgeon General for the Army.

"If somebody has a valid concern, that in their mind it's an issue, quite honestly is something that we have to take a look at," explains Major General David Perkins, commanding general for Fort Carson.

Soldiers in the article describe problems they've had from treatment at the Warrior Transition Unit on Post, issues like over medicating soldiers and heroine use at Fort Carson.

Leaders responded Monday afternoon, but more broadly than reporters were asking for. The reason, they say, is complicated.

"Because we have a very complex problem set here, the answer is very complex," says Perkins. "We aren't interested in proving somebody right or wrong, what we are interested in is making sure we are doing the very best we can for our soldiers and their families."

"The article is constrained by space when they print it so a lot of specific details are not there," Perkins says of the New York Times article.

Along with the attention the article has stirred, leaders hope it fuels improvement.

"That's what articles like this do, they energize you to take an in-depth look at your systems to see if in fact there's anything you missed," says Perkins.

With roughly 10,000 soldiers deployed right now, addressing the issue is a responsibility Perkins understands.

To read the New York Times article, click here


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