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War machine smoke: Nearly half new US vets seek disability benefits

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

War machine smoke: Nearly half new US vets seek disability benefits


More US soldiers than ever are surviving oversees deployments, but the injuries sustained in Afghanistan and Iraq mean 45 per cent of the new vets are seeking disability benefits. In the long run the compensation may cost Americans up to $1 trillion.

­The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced some 1.6 million veterans – 720,000 of them (45 per cent) are now seeking service-related compensation. Each one of them claims an average of eight to nine ailments.

By comparison, only 21 per cent of Gulf War veterans who were deployed to battlefields in the early 1990s claimed disability, while the average Vietnam veteran receives compensation for fewer than four ailments. .... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/us-disability-benefits-veterans-404/

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