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A group of Democratic senators asked the Army on Wednesday to investigate allegations that the service has discharged more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct following diagnosis of a mental health issue.

Led by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., the letter to Army leaders asks for a full Army Inspector General investigation into the questions raised by recent media reports about whether the Army was discharging these soldiers to avoid dealing with their medical issues.

"Soldiers who deploy are at an increased risk for mental health issues and the forceful separation of servicemembers post-deployment only further denies treatment and support at a critical moment in any soldier's life," the letter said. "Additionally, fear of dismissal may discourage servicemembers from seeking the medical treatment they require."

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