May 20, 2013 4:31 PM by Patricia Collier

Wounded soldier says Army tried to oust him

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A badly wounded veteran says the Army punished him for minor missteps while he was recovering and tried to give him a less-than-honorable discharge after he failed a drug test.
Jerrald Jensen tells the Colorado Springs Gazette the test was inaccurate but the Army refused a retest.
Jensen eventually got a medical retirement after his family asked a two-star general to intervene.
The newspaper says that out of 10 wounded soldiers in a Fort Carson unit who faced misconduct charges over the past two years, only Jensen got a reprieve.
The Gazette reported the number of soldiers Army-wide discharged for misconduct has has increased more than 25 percent since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded.
Jensen's jaw was shattered in an insurgent attack in Iraq in 2007.

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