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Understanding The Real Cost Of War: Support The Veteran’s Trust Fund

Understanding The Real Cost Of War: Support The Veteran’s Trust Fund

America has a moral obligation to ensure that every soldier injured or wounded while defending our country is guaranteed the help he or she needs. We can do no less for those we send into harm’s way.

Troubling Trends

At the current rate of approximately 9,000 new veteran patients and claims entering the VA medical and benefits systems each month (that’s one every 5 minutes), the group Veterans for Common Sense estimates a cumulative total of one million patients and claims by the end of 2014.

The VA denies approximately 11 percent of the nearly 1 million claims veterans file every year, forcing those veterans to enter the VA’s dreaded appellate system, which many veterans refer to as “the hamster wheel.”

Between October 1, 2007, and March 31, 2008 — a period of just six months — at least 1,467 veterans died with their appeals pending.

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Stand With Vets is calling on Congress to establish a Veterans’ Trust Fund so that we will never again go to war without first recognizing the true cost of that war — beginning with the burden placed on veterans and military families.

Sign the declaration here and help pressure Congress to commit to a system of care that puts our veterans first.

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11:24PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

it's much worse than just the absence of medical care. it's the wages and benefits forcing most military families to live below poverty and on assistance. this is our national shame. I'm for the fat cat politicians to make half what a sergent in the military makes, have their beneifts and that it. no more expensive lunches, no more limos, no more private plane rides...none of this is necessary to do the people's work. i guess it is necessary when they are selling themselves to the highest bidder. how about it congress??? prove once and for all that you really do care about the people?

7:16PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

There is no excuse for not giving our veterans any help they need when they have stepped into the breach for us. It does not matter if one supports these particular wars (which I adamantly don't). When we as America promise something, especially to those who have served militarily, WE KEEP THAT PROMISE ABOVE ALL ELSE.

2:03PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

Thanks 4 the article!

3:22PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Every day people who called veterans heroes turn away, don't go to a hospital complain about cost. Every day veterans have to beg for a pittance only to be denied, just when they need it the most.

Every day veterans who were called heroes are turned away from available jobs. Apparently once you're no longer able to serve, you're no longer a hero, and no longer wanted.

Every day military families apply for or use Food Stamps because they can't live on the income they receive. Yet all the cut and cut people who are screaming to cut that social program puff their chest out and are proud of the "I support our troops bumper sticker," as if that's good enough.

2:01PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

i think we need a fund, and we need to address veterans of *every* war. there are vietnam vets who are homeless, have ptsd, depression, messed up families, terrible employment records, etc.. they need help. then there's gulf war syndrome... that needs research- **sigh**

being a person who has a couple of friends married to military men, i think the fund should also extend to the families (children if nothing else) of veterans.

it has to be devastating to see your father/uncle/sister/cousin with one less leg than he/she had when you saw them last...

1:31PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Being a veteran myself! The republicans say one thing & do another!

1:03PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Some powerful words from Sabine and Finica I would like to add.

Finica, although my nephew is over in Afghanistan, I would be uncomfortable in calling him a criminal, notwithstanding the fact that he has been duped into participating in an illegal invasion of a sovereign country.

You may attract some retaliatory resistance when you apply the term criminal to soldiers, and your message gets shifted into the background.

I don't know about Sabine but you appear fairly young...and its encouraging to me to see young people motivated to look beyond the "official" story when things aren't making total sense.

I'd send you 2 a green star but those of us who wear the frog icon can only croak to all the frogs across the pond.

11:26AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

So how about help with PTS funding? We need to speed up identification of stress before it causes even more physical damage and larger medical bills. It was unconscionable the way the government dragged it's feet over the after effects of Agent Orange!!!!

11:24AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Support your veterans. If not for them what language would you be speaking and what rights would you have.

8:37AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

I believe that we should taek care of our own but I still believ that we should get out of this senseless war that is taking away so much of our money that we need right now in our country. We have so much need for that money in our country now with all of the tax cuts going on and this was has no meaning at all...we have been fighting a war for 9 years that has no winner and all we are doing is losing our young men and women to this tragedy.

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