Long term care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will be costly

A Harvard researcher recently concluded that caring for U.S. veterans returning from the Middle East could cost $662 billion over 40 years. The researcher also said that the Bush administration is not adequately prepared to pay for the medical care and disability benefits of returning veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs has said that there are 16 “non-mortally wounded” soldiers per battlefield death, in comparison to the 2.6 wounded per death in Vietnam.

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