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  •  As we start the 12th year of the forgotten war, (1+ / 0-)
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    Years of endless wars........Just think, 131 cemeteries and 152 hospitals, one million claims for the third consecutive year.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has grown into a behemoth with more than 270,000 employees who maintain 131 cemeteries, operate 152 hospitals and disburse benefits to more than four million veterans.

        Last year, veterans filed more than 1.3 million claims, double the number in 2001.

        The Department of Veterans Affairs added nearly 4,000 new workers since 2008, but the agency has completed less than 80 percent of its inventory.

        The Department of Veterans Affairs completed one million claims for the third consecutive year.

        890,000 pension and compensation claims are currently pending.

       By 2013, the department’s major benefit programs are projected to cost about $76 billion, triple the amount in 2001.

        By 2022, those costs are projected to rise nearly 70 percent to about $130 billion.

    http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 03:49:51 PM PDT

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