Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Imagine my surprise when a friend told me I was mentioned in a Jacksonville, North Carolina newspaper yesterday. It has been almost 2 years to the day since I was first contacted by the DOD IG about the problems going on at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune.  

As much as I can’t wait to read the report when it comes out, I have a feeling it’s going to be filled with a lot of garbage. It’s already seeping out in the article. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the past couple of years…..cover ups don’t just happen in the movies!

After giving up hope that any report would ever be released, I’m actually shocked to hear that it might actually exist and I might actually get to read it someday soon.  Of course, at this point, it’s easy to see how the Marine Corps will get away with the most likely excuse – time.  Two months ago, when battalion advisors were presented with a draft of the assessment, Craig Stephens, battalion advisor said, “Our only issue was at the time it was about 14 months after they had visited us, and a lot of the issues they presented had corrected themselves.”

Corrected themselves? More likely there has just been plenty of time to cover up the mess. The sad reality is that I had to take matters into my own hands to get to a solution our family could handle.  If I had waited for the DOD IG to ride in on their white horses to save the day, I have to wonder if my son would still be breathing!

I find it hard to believe that the system has received the claimed overhaul and is now viewed as “exemplary”, as stated in the article.  I can only hope that is the case.  After all, I gave up almost two years of my life to fight that broken system.  Reality, and a little birdie, tell me otherwise, but I will be optimistic and hope that things have gotten a little bit better for those who must call WWBN-East home.

The report may not tell the whole truth, but I don’t regret the effort, the anguish, the fear, and the frustration.  If I had a chance to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing…except that I would speak out more loudly, I would boldly say more, and I would push harder for changes.

If you have a loved one who is assigned to a unit for wounded warriors and you know that care is not at a pinnacle, you owe it to your hero to speak up and take action.  If more of us start to speak up, maybe, just maybe, we can start to make a difference.


  1. [...] Originally published by author here. Filed Under: Beth Pennington, From The Mom, WTB Tagged With: advocacy, ptsd, tbi About BethI have what I consider to be the best job on the planet. I founded Military Missions Inc, a nonprofit organization which supports military, veterans, and their families. I did not set out to start an organization, I simply did what came naturally when my son joined the US Marine Corps in 2004. I followed my mother’s heart. After teaching elementary school for several years, and logging countless hours as home school mom, room mother, team mother, and parent volunteer, I found myself as the adopted platoon mom to a unit of Marines. What started out as a mother sending care packages to her son has turned into a fast-growing nonprofit that keeps me busy day and night, and I love every minute of it! When I mailed the first care package several years ago, I had no idea that I would become an advocate for Wounded Warriors and Veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, but it’s obvious that God knew it all along. When I became the mother of a disabled veteran suffering with TBI and PTSD, and saw, firsthand, the struggles and the needs, I knew it was my obligation to support those who have been willing to stand in the gap for my freedom. It’s the least I can do to say thanks. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the VOW Team, and to host the VOW Talk Radio show. It is my hope that we can be a voice for those who need one [...]