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Report: Injured Soldiers Drowning In Medical Debt
April 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A report released today by congressional investigators criticizes the military for how it treats wounded soldiers after they return from Iraq.

The General Accounting Office report outlines how wounded soldiers are pursued for repayment of everything from paycheck errors to equipment left on the battlefield. Investigators said nearly 900 Army soldiers ran up more than $1 million in debt after they were pursued for military debts. And they said the debt was incurred by the soldiers "through no fault of their own."

A Pentagon spokesman admits changes are needed to help ease the financial strains on wounded soldiers. But he added that once the military finds out there's a problem it works aggressively to resolve the situation.

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