Another year, another $300 billion

Boston Globe
by Linda Bilmes

03/16/08

The sixth year of the Iraq war begins this week. The war is now the second-longest in US history — longer than any except Vietnam. So far, 1.6 million US troops have served, more than a third of them for two or more tours of duty. Almost 4,000 US service personnel have been killed, and 60,000 wounded, injured or contracted a serious disease. Many survive with severe multiple injuries (’polytraumas’) that in previous wars would have almost certainly ended in death. One-third of the 780,000 troops discharged so far have been treated at veterans’ hospitals and clinics, including 120,000 treated for mental health conditions and 68,000 diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. This year alone the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to treat 333,000 returning veterans. The majority of these veterans will be eligible to receive lifetime disability compensation - 228,000 have already filed applications...

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