Soldiers unhappy with Fort Bragg’s transition battalion

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Some soldiers are unhappy with Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion, saying its leaders wrongly accuse troops of faking illness or injury to prevent them from getting full military benefits.

The Fayetteville Observer reported about two dozen soldiers or family members spoke out about the battalion at a meeting Monday.

Nine soldiers indicated the military has accused them of faking illness or injury in an effort to receive some form of benefit.

A battalion inspection that the Fort Bragg commander ordered in February is scheduled to be released to the public by April 18. Lt. Col. Frank Helmick called for the inspection after hearing from Vickie Ray of Texas, who is helping the soldiers.

Ray says her organization of about 75 advocates wants to find legal representation for soldiers.
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