Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cost of War: 176,000 Vets Apply for Disability

"Deep in a newly released 300-page report on the benefits system for the nation's veterans lies a first look at the dimensions of the disabilities the Iraq- and Afghanistan- war injured are suffering.

Through March, more than 176,000 U.S. veterans of those ongoing conflicts had filed claims for disability compensation, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Some of the most common conditions were tinnitus, or ear ringing (36,000 claims granted); back strain (33,000); problems with ankle motion (16,000) and post-traumatic stress disorder (16,000)."

Disability claims soar from Bush's wars | Capitol Hill Blue

Repubs say they hate entitlement programs.

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