Friday, November 21, 2008

McCaskill Wants Review of Soldier Counseling Program

"This is about grabbing the military and shaking them."
From USA Today:

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The number of soldiers seeking help for substance abuse has climbed 25% in the past five years, but the Army's counseling program has remained significantly understaffed and struggling to meet the demand, according to Army records.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is demanding a review of the program after her staff investigated allegations that more than 150 troops at the installation here were denied substance abuse counseling because of a staff shortage.
"If it was that bad at Fort Leonard Wood, it very well could be an Army-wide problem," McCaskill said Wednesday, urging aggressive hiring efforts. "This is about grabbing the military and shaking them and saying, 'Hey, you've got to focus (on this).' "

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