Army Blames 'Miscommunication' in Fort Drum Flap Army Surgeon General Eric Schoomaker says he was mistaken when he denied that the Army had told the Veterans Affairs Department not to help injured soldiers challenge their disability ratings. Schoomaker says the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and it is fine for the VA to help the soldiers.

Army Blames 'Miscommunication' in Fort Drum Flap

Army Blames 'Miscommunication' in Fort Drum Flap

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The Army Surgeon General says he was mistaken when he denied that the Army had told the Veterans Affairs Department not to help injured soldiers challenge their disability ratings.

VA spokesmen told NPR last week that an Army team sent to Fort Drum in New York to review disability issues had told the VA office there to stop helping the soldiers, to leave that to others. Soldiers said the VA had helped them get better disability ratings, and they felt that the Army was damaging their cases by cutting off that assistance.

Army Surgeon General Eric B. Schoomaker says the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and it is fine for the VA to help the soldiers.