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Three senators are asking the Pentagon to investigate allegations of inadequate treatment and even punishment of Fort Carson soldiers who seek help or treatment for mental health problems after returning from Iraq.

The allegations were aired Monday in a story by National Public Radio.

Soldiers reported that their superiors refused to allow them to seek treatment for mental health problems.

And some who sought treatment said they were told they'd have to wait several weeks for their first appointment.

The letter to Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs Doctor William Winkenwerder was signed by Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Barack Obama of Illinois, and Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri.

In the story, Winkenwerder said he would look into the soldiers' allegations.

He says the Pentagon is trying to ensure that all soldiers who need mental health care can receive it without fear of retaliation, and that he makes no distinction between mental and physical health.