"Army sending medical ‘no-goes’ back to combat zones."
The AP reports that a U.S. soldier who was receiving hospital treatment for bi-polar disorder was discharged early for deployment to the Middle East:
A Fort Carson soldier who says he was in treatment at Cedar Springs Hospital for bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse was released early and ordered to deploy to the Middle East with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The 28-year-old specialist spent 31 days in Kuwait and was returned to Fort Carson on Dec. 31 after health care professionals in Kuwait concurred that his symptoms met criteria for bipolar disorder and “some paranoia and possible homicidal tendencies.”
Fort Carson sent 79 soldiers overseas late last year who were considered medical “no-goes.” The brigade’s surgeon has said that the 3rd Brigade Combat Team had “been having issues reaching deployable strength” and that some “borderline” soldiers were sent overseas.