Nearly Half of New U.S Veterans Are Seeking Disability

US Dept. of Veterans AffairsReports the AP:

America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

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.

It’s unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims — the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD. Almost one-third have been granted disability so far…

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  • Jin The Ninja

    so 1/2 of americans are low income/poverty line, 1/2 of vets are disabled. so yes, the system works, everything is fine. rainbows, fae and unicorns.

  • Nunzio X

    No problem. We can easily afford it.

    [sound of crickets chirping]

  • StillAtMyMoms

    In other news, humanity has finally acknowledged that war is unnatural while the government is in denial.

  • Buddy-walker

    Why is the VA health care system not a part of the Defense Department , this is a result of War .Our defense budget is near Half of total U.S.budget. These brave warriors deserve easy access to medical care and benefits,  without fighting again for budget dollars.

  • Gregory George Gerba

    well yeah with ptsd and such I think it makes sense that they would I mean who wouldn’t be suffering after seeing the crazy shit that goes on in a warzone

  • Apathesis

    My uncle is FINALLY getting his compensation for being one of the many victims of Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam.