Madigan Army Medical Center fires Maj. Gen. Phillip Volpe

The Army has removed the head of Madigan Army Medical Center during its investigation into whether soldiers had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce the cost of a medical retirement.

Maj. Gen. Phillip Volpe, who leads the Western Region Medical Command, announced Monday Homas has been removed from his position while the investigations are ongoing, reports The Seattle Times.

The Army Surgeon General is contacting the families of 14 soldiers whose diagnoses for PTSD were adjusted by the Madigan forensic psychiatry team to reduce disability pensions. The soldiers’ cases were reviewed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center over the past few weeks.

Last fall, memos show that members of the forensic psychiatry team urged Madigan behavioral health professionals to consider the long-term costs of a PTSD diagnosis on taxpayers.

You can read more here (Army Times article: Madigan chief removed during PTSD investigation).

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