A military inspector general's investigation has determined that the Army's practice of sending unlicensed psychologists to Iraq did not violate regulations.
The investigation was instigated by a complaint from the father
of a soldier who committed suicide.
The 20-year-old soldier, Pfc. Jason Scheuerman of Sanford, N.C.,
died in Iraq in 2005. Three weeks earlier, an unlicensed psychologist asked by the soldier's captain to evaluate him, said in a report that Scheuerman was "capable of claiming mental illness" to manipulate superiors and sent him back to his unit.
A copy of the investigation was obtained using a Freedom of
Information Act request.
The military changed its policy in 2006 and no longer deploys
practitioners without a license.