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Victims Of The Savage Truth

Posted by The Agonist on May 28th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Yesterday, AP’s Marilynn Marchionne reported on the massive number of new disabled veterans claiming benefits – enough to break the VA’s system and run up an additional war bill of up to $900 billion.

A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.

What’s more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.

The average wait to get a new one processed grows longer each month and is now about eight months — time that a frustrated, injured veteran might spend with no income.

More than 560,000 veterans from all wars currently have claims that are backlogged — older than 125 days.

This Memorial Weekend, it’d be nice if we as a nation could support these veterans of wars of adventure with more than just glib words. And by “we” I mean our elected representatives in Congress and the White House on our behalf.

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