Wounded Warrior Troops May Face Separation

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ controversial new â€śdeploy 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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