Tuesday, June 28, 2005

103,000 Iraq Afghan Veterans will need VA care; War injured toll soars, hits veterans health costs

Think on it, 103,000 new veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will require care and services of VA. Think on that number and weigh it against the 13,190 wounded reported as of today. Think of that number and weigh it against President Bush speech tonight. That number would be the troops we already have in combat; and President makes a plea for more to enlist.

Reuters; June 28, 2005

As the numbers of U.S. war injured in
Iraq and Afghanistan soared, the Bush administration admitted to lawmakers on Tuesday it had underestimated funds to cover health care costs for veterans and Congress would have to plug a $2.6 billion hole.

"The bottom line is there is a surge in demand in VA (health) services across the board," said Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson.

The Veterans Administration assumed it would have to take care of 23,553 patients who are veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but that number had been revised upward to 103,000, Nicholson told a House of Representatives panel.

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President George W. Bush's statement in March 2006 after 3 yrs of war "a future President will have to resolve war in Iraq"


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