House subcommittee requests GAO report on WTUs

House subcommittee requests GAO report on WTUs

Reports of abuse of wounded warriors have prompted a House subcommittee to request a report on Warrior Transition Units from Congress’ accountability arm.

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel included the directive in the broader 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

The investigation by the Government Accountability Office would examine whether abuse was systemic and if so, how much, and whether the Army has effective policies and management systems in place at its WTUs.

The Army says allegations of abuse are not representative of the program. But the committee’s leadership said it needs to look closer given the allegations of mistreatment.

“The request for a GAO report examining Warrior Transition Units is part of the Subcommittee’s continued responsibility to conduct proper oversight of the WTUs and ensure they are providing the type of care and services returning soldiers deserve,” subcommittee leader Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., told Army Times in a statement.

Heck, a doctor, serves as a brigadier general in Army Reserve Medical Command.

Source: House subcommittee requests GAO report on WTUs

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