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Wounded Warrior Troops May Face Separation

by Hope Hodge Seck

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ controversial new “deploy or out” policy, which requires troops to become deployable within 12 months or face separation, comes with a built-in exemption for the combat wounded.

But in designated “wounded warrior” units maintained by the services, those recovering from combat-related illness and injury form an increasingly small percentage of the total population.

And those whose conditions are not directly related to combat have no automatic protection from the deploy-or-out mandate, Pentagon officials say.

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