Nearly half of new U.S. vets claim disability

  • Article by: MARILYNN MARCHIONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 27, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Myriad factors drive flood of claims, including composition of ranks and greater survival of wounded soldiers.

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freedumb86May. 27, 1211:59 AM

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind", and in severe debt.

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elytoboiseMay. 27, 1212:17 PM

Disability claims are skyrocketing and the system is back logged. The usual answer is to hire more people.... Bush cut the VA budget in a crucial time when claims were coming in. Now the VA is behind trying to hire and train staff. Claims processing is a demanding job in the VA and it takes time to learn the job and perform accurately and quickly. The DAV has no business bashing the VA claims process. They are fantastic advocates for Veterans and should understand their place in the process rather than finding the negative. As for the money... we are on the hook for an unimaginable financial responsibility to these young disabled Veterans and their families. Hopefully there won't be a backlash against Veterans due to money, resources, jobs etc. I suspect it's already happening, and it may increase when the real costs after this war are discussed.

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danderson60May. 27, 12 1:21 PM

This is the cost of war. What has it gained us? Iraq and Afghanistan are still a mess. We should of learned from history in Afghanistan. The Russians were there and learned the hard way previously. With Iraq, we shouldn't have even been in that country. Now the price has to be paid for ignorant and arrogant GWB administration and BHO's clean-up of the mess. You want to pout and whine about the amount of debt and how fast it's increasing? We spend a lot with 2 unfunded wars, now we will see the true costs of defense, welfare, pensions, and healthcare because of the arrogance and ignorance.

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swmnguyMay. 27, 12 1:43 PM

The only good thing to come out of America's imperial delusions is that they will bring about the end of America's imperial delusions. Maybe once we get this poison out of our systems we can concentrate on making our nation what it could and should be. If so, then maybe these young people's colossal sacrifices and losses will have been for something.

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jarlmnMay. 27, 12 3:20 PM

I'm a Vet currently having to take advantage of VA healthcare, mainly because of having lost my job in this lousy economy. I don't begrudge therefor, vets seeking out benefits for their real needs. I can't help but wonder though, as to if at least *part* of this claim upsurge is just part of the entitlement mentality common to so many of the younger generation these days. Even if so however, at least these veterans have actually done something to EARN these benefits, ... unlike so many others in our society who expect entitlements simply because they live and breath.

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jo1glexMay. 27, 12 3:27 PM

@ jarlmn: I don't mind paying taxes to help you and the rest of those who have served. My hat's off, on this weekend as every other. I'd suggest, however, that maybe if so many of our fellow Americans can't make it in our system, maybe it's the system's fault; not all the peoples'. Why do we bother with a society in the first place, if it doesn't meet our needs?

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Mippy1May. 27, 12 4:10 PM

Heh. I knew the first page of comments wouldn't go by before someone decided that maybe some vets deserve help, but probably most do not, and certainly no one else does. Charming.

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william2mnMay. 27, 12 4:48 PM

The costs of medical care over the next many decades will be staggering. Certainly the Republicans and Tea Party would support actually raising the money from the population to pay for these Vets care rather than borrow more money for it, correct?

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libsrhypcrtsMay. 27, 12 5:03 PM

elytoboise...from factcheck.org... Yet even so, funding for veterans is going up twice as fast under Bush as it did under Clinton. And the number of veterans getting health benefits is going up 25% under Bush's budgets. That's hardly a cut. But hey don't let facts get in your way when you comment.

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jimiekMay. 27, 12 5:15 PM

Drive a car for 250,000 miles and you sort of get the same thing.

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