Medical Commander Wants Better Handling of War Brain Damage

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Fort Carson, Colo. (AP) The head of a medical unit set up to guarantee better treatment for Iraq war wounds says he wants to make sure incidents that could cause brain damage or post-traumatic stress disorder are immediately recorded in soldiers' files.

Brigadier General Mike Tucker, in a visit to Fort Carson, told reporters that soldiers should be screened for both after returning home.

He also is recommending that Army commanders at all levels should be trained to identify brain damage or stress disorder.

Soldiers being discharged for personality disorders should be examined carefully to make sure no cases of brain damage or stress disorder are being missed.

His comments follow claims from some veterans groups that soldiers suffering from brain damage or stress disorder have been wrongfully discharged, and thus denied medical benefits.

A congressional team will visit Fort Carson next week to look into complaints. The government accountability office will conduct an independent investigation.

Tucker says Fort Carson has been identified as employing some of the best practices for identifying brain damage or stress disorder.