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Almost Half of New Veterans Seek Disability Compensation

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abuse, americans, congress, dishonesty, freedoms, Govtfearmongering, healthcare, media, military, news, politics, propaganda, war )

- 2546 days ago -
The new veterans have different types of injuries than previous veterans did. That's partly because improvised bombs have been the main weapon and because body armor and improved battlefield care allowed many of them to survive wounds that in past wars->


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JL A (281)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:01 am
Makes one wonder whether defensive strategies for protecting life and health has lower funding priority than it once did (remember all the one size fits all safety gear we learned about during the Bush years for our military personnel deployed to war zones?)

Cathy M (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:39 am
Perhaps if all the types of injuries really suffered by veterans were actually recognized in previous wars, there would hve been more applications then too!

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:05 pm
thnx for sharing

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:34 pm
there was a time when a boy was urged by parents to go into the service "to make him a man" and they did indeed, come back differant. Some went into drugs, alchohol or were mean s.o.b.s and others not noticably changed other than the 2 years of life experience that most people have as they mature.
We have never been occupied by another country, we have not clue what that is like. But our youngsters know what it is to be resented, have seen the bits of what used to be a human lying scattered in the dust.
They now come back less of a man, but more of a shell of a human.
Future wars will be drone vs drone, bomb vs bomb...then civilians will become collateral on a grand scale if we don't end the escalation of wars for profit.

James E (16)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:35 pm
The true measure of how a nation respects and honors its veterans is how well it cares for those broken and damaged by their service. We are only now making up for the poor treatment of veterans from past wars, who for many it was too little too late. The veterans of today’s wars benefit from the hard work and never give up attitude of many Vietnam Veterans who fought for changes for all veterans. Many of the new veterans also lack health care insurance, because they are unable to afford the cost, and are also walking “preexisting conditions,” who will be further left out if Obamacare is thrown out by the SCOTUS. As we pay the final heavy burden of war, caring for our veterans, will the GOP/TP allow this “entitlement” program to be funded at the level needed? All the Memorial Days, Veteran’s Days, Yellow Ribbons, flag lapel pins, and flying flags do not offer much real comfort for disabled veterans.

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:39 pm
Excellent comment, James. Our Veterans deserve the very best.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:25 pm
My son's best friend returned from Iraq with some physical injuries and scars, which have healed pretty well. But, his PTSD keeps him from employment--monthly he goes to the VA and gets many meds, and uses his monthly check to pay bills. Has found some relief with medical MJ as well. Being only in his late 20's, he's unable to see much of a future for himself. Very sad state of affairs. We lose over a dozen veterans daily to suicide.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 5:39 pm
is it any wonder after what they have been through

pam w (139)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:52 pm
Heartbreaking! Investigate the Wounded Warrior Project.....they do excellent things for vets!

Amanda V (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:54 pm
As a veteran my self, I appreciate those who fight for veteran benefits. Too many military members find themselves out of the service and are not sure where to turn for support. Family often times does not understand the stress of coming back to civilian life. New coworkers do not understand that veterans have a hard time grasping the new "Chain of Command." I was fortunate enough to not be sent to a war zone. But I have seen those come back from Afghanistan and Iraq completely unsure of how they will continue life. So I thank you very much for putting more light on this issue.

Ravenna C (20)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:51 pm
I find it sad that hundreds of millions of dollars get spent on "Black" projects that are new and improved ways to make war and yet we can't even take care of the wounded soldiers that we currently have. Talk about twisted priorities. As always it is the weakest and most defenseless that suffer the most.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:15 pm
Very sad.

War is stupid.

Kelly Rogers (7)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 9:03 am
The way the vets are treated is more than deplorable. I have heard a little about the way they are treated. How can we stand by and let them be treated this way?? I have P.T.S.D. from sever abuse and am outraged that the Government that sent them into wars is NOT treating them. They put themselves in harms way and should NOT have been there in the first place. I am Ashamed to call myself an American because of the way the vets are being treated

John B (185)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:11 pm
Thanks for posting the article Kit.

David C (75)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 7:19 pm
one more reason to work for peace....

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 9:41 pm
For Americans, what has war accomplished?

reft h (66)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 11:11 pm
Disabled people, seniors, anyone with a serious health issue - all are treated like dirt by govt agencies, sometimes their own families, and people in general wherever they go. It breaks my heart how I've seen some people be treated.

Kristen H (25)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:52 am
It is unconscionable that there is such a backlog on processing these cases. Why can't some of the new veterans who DON'T have disability claims, be employed in processing and managing the disability claims of their comrades? That's the buddy system, right?

Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:11 am

Many veterans do assist others in getting claims processed. They too must work and provide for their families as best they can. It might be smart to open VA offices staffed with veterans. It's not unusual for the VA office to be many miles away from the home town of the veteran, many have to wait for someone to drive them to VA office or hospital, that's once they have an appointment.
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