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So we’ve had to update the War Comes Homeembeddable American Casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan widget for the second time in two days. At a federal court hearing of a class action lawsuit brought by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who allege inferior treatment from the VA, a high ranking VA official revealed 299,585veterans of the "war on terror" had gone to the VA for medical treatment as of September 30, 2007. Approximately 1.7 million Americans have served in the two wars. As of January 18, 2008 the VA says 799,791 had already been discharged from the service. At least 243,034 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have filed a disability claim with the government.

So we’ve had to update the War Comes Homeembeddable American Casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan widget for the second time in two days. At a federal court hearing of a class action lawsuit brought by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who allege inferior treatment from the VA, a high ranking VA official revealed 299,585veterans of the "war on terror" had gone to the VA for medical treatment as of September 30, 2007. Approximately 1.7 million Americans have served in the two wars. As of January 18, 2008 the VA says 799,791 had already been discharged from the service. At least 243,034 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have filed a disability claim with the government.

What’s the reason for these high casualty rates? Consider this: In Iraq and Afghanistan about 15 American soldiers are wounded for every fatality, compared with 2.6 per death in Vietnam and 2.8 in Korea.

So in other words, instead of being killed young Americans are coming home severely physically and psychologically wounded.

Did you know?

So we’ve had to update the War Comes Homeembeddable American Casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan widget for the second time in two days. At a federal court hearing of a class action lawsuit brought by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who allege inferior treatment from the VA, a high ranking VA official revealed 299,585veterans of the "war on terror" had gone to the VA for medical treatment as of September 30, 2007. Approximately 1.7 million Americans have served in the two wars. As of January 18, 2008 the VA says 799,791 had already been discharged from the service. At least 243,034 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have filed a disability claim with the government.

What’s the reason for these high casualty rates? Consider this: In Iraq and Afghanistan about 15 American soldiers are wounded for every fatality, compared with 2.6 per death in Vietnam and 2.8 in Korea.

Did you know?

The International Red Cross estimates 70 to 90 percent of Iraqis incarcerated by the US military were arrested by mistake.

How well do you know your facts about U.S. veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan? Take the War Comes Home "Did You Know?" Quiz and find out!

Originally posted to War Comes Home on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 06:51 PM PST.

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  •  Thank you (6+ / 0-)

    for your diary and links.  I'm bookmarking.  Prayers and justice for our veterans.

    My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 06:58:29 PM PST

  •  How many vets are waiting? (6+ / 0-)

    I haven't worked in the VA Health System for a while, but there are chronic long waits to enter into treatment in just about every region.  Waits have stretched to over three years in many areas.  So if almost 300,000 veterans of the current Bushwar have received treatment, how many must be waiting?

    The VA has often also used political criteria to grant or deny disability claims, for propaganda or simply for budgetary reasons.  Under this administration there is precisely no chance this isn't happening again.  We won't know how many disabled Bushwar vets there will be until at least three years into a Democratic administration.

    Hanoi didn't break John McCain, but Washington did.

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:03:05 PM PST

  •  I just sent this link to votevets.org.... (1+ / 0-)
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    moira977

    hope they can help you with this.

    Rick

    I actually haven't focused on his appearances, so I am relying now on the media as to what actually happened.- Joe Lieberman

    by rickeagle on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:08:26 PM PST

  •  Unbelievable!! (0+ / 0-)

    Almost 300,000 soldiers needed treatment from VA Hospitals?

    What have we let Bush do to our America?

    Veterans everywhere should hate Bush for letting VA hospitals turn into shabby street-corner clinics.

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