From the Courant:
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd is asking newly appointed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to ensure that soldiers debilitated by post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses are not sent back into combat.
"If experienced VA doctors diagnose military personnel with incapacitating disabilities, such as severe PTSD, it would seem counter to our national security interests for the military services to somehow disregard these evaluations for less thorough assessments performed by military officials," Dodd wrote in a letter Tuesday to Gates. "It seems unacceptable and perhaps even reckless to ask our servicemen and women to entrust their lives to soldiers deemed mentally unfit by medical professionals."
This is part of the problem with sending in even more troops. We're already sending people who are unfit for duty back into combat. I shudder to think about what lengths they'll go to when the call for more troops becomes official.
Chedekel, Lisa. "Dodd Seeks Call-Back Exemptions For Unfit Soldiers". Hartford Courant. 12/20/06.