Cost of Wars Felt Decades Later

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

And this is only a very small fraction of those cost in monetary terms for any War but especially Wars of Choice, billions are just plain blown up in the occupations, billions are just lost, and more!

The Meaningful Real Costs in Lives Loss or Changed Forever can not be Calculated!

And out of these two occupations we’ve given the small band of criminals exactly what they wanted, raised the hatreds towards us and created the long term possibility, already started, of continued blowback, our legacy to the coming generations!

VA laboring under surge of wounded veterans: Analysis

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April 15, 2010 In a sobering reminder of the long-term costs of war, a dramatic spike in disability claims during the last seven years has overwhelmed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and nearly doubled the cost of compensating wounded veterans, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis.

The bulk of the increases didn’t come from veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but from those who served years or even decades before. Veterans from the Vietnam and Persian Gulf eras accounted for roughly 84 percent of the rise in spending, which hit $34.3 billion last year.


Mental Disorders Affect Nearly 1in4 Disabled Vets, Click on Graphic for Enlargement

The unanticipated crush of claims is exacerbated by the VA’s antiquated compensation system, which hasn’t been overhauled since 1945. Cumbersome and heavily bureaucratic, the system requires a mountain of paperwork, is based on diagnoses that lag far behind medical advances and runs on a computer system that is so outdated it can’t accurately verify whether veterans were deployed.

And why is the VA’s compensation system, and more, antiquanted? Simple, only a small fraction of the society serve, the rest cheer on then loose interest especially as the results from quickly start coming in, they’ll fund the actions but not the results of, playing catchup which costs much more to stop from causing complete collapse, they also stay silent as the veteran fights for what was promised them for their service and they don’t raise an eyebrow as the fights continue or the veteran is denied just compensation!

Instead of working toward building a new system, however, Congress has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to hire thousands of new employees to process claims, a temporary fix that’s added more overhead to what is already one of the largest bureaucracies in the federal government.

The backlog of claims is expected to grow before it shrinks, however, as experienced employees are pulled off the line to train new ones. The VA says the backlog won’t be eliminated until 2015.


Among the findings from the Tribune’s analysis of more than 3 million disability claims approved by the VA: Some Facts Here


The VA’s acting undersecretary for benefits, Mike Walcoff, said the Obama administration has fought for an unprecedented increase in funding to tackle problems facing the agency. He said the agency is working on multiple fronts, including developing a paperless computer system, improving communication with the military and developing pilot programs to streamline the claims process.

Why are we once again facing this, DeJa-Vu Vietnam and after, while many are screaming, lately, about their taxes and the now Government. Most were the same ones cheering on the Wars of Choice and off the budget books costs and condemning others for giving truth about the failed policies that they supported, including that coming. Simple, as I said above, they’ve lost interest while both theaters continue and never even mention them as they wave their posters of condemnation towards the government, and certainly don’t want to pony up the costs for the results, again!

From the beginning of the current wars, the Bush administration woefully underestimated the number of veterans who would seek disability compensation, forcing the VA to play catch up just as an aging veteran population added to its workload. –>–>–>

The blame doesn’t only lie with the bush administration, it also is right at the feet of the republican controlled congresses then, rubber stamping off budget costs, who not only didn’t mention the costs coming but what was already there from the previous and neither did those, mentioned above, they represent as the whole group wrapped themselves in their flags, lapel flag pins, magnetic ribbons {which didn’t last long like their ‘support?’} and laughed about their ‘purple heart bandages’!!

Hey folks of this so called ‘Tea Party’ Look In The Mirror!


    • jimstaro on April 16, 2010 at 12:14

    NY mayor to put ‘cost of war’ sign on City Hall

    April 15, 2010 Binghamton’s mayor plans to hang an electronic “cost of war” sign outside City Hall.

    The 4-foot-wide electronic sign being installed next week on a side wall of the building will highlight the cost to local, state and federal taxpayer of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. –>–>–>

    Ryan gets praise, scorn for idea of ‘cost-of-war’ sign on city hall

    Matt Ryan answers questions outside City Hall on Wednesday. (GEORGE BASLER / Staff Photo)

    BINGHAMTON — Matthew T. Ryan said Wednesday he was looking to spark a debate. He already has.

    Flanked by local peace activists, the Binghamton mayor officially announced at a press conference that the city — at his direction — is installing a “cost-of-war” sign on the exterior of city hall that will show how much local taxpayer money has gone to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Ryan emphasized not one penny of taxpayer money is going to pay for the electronic sign, which will go up next week. The cost, set at about $6,000, is being funded entirely by private contributions from the Broome County Cost of War (COW) Project, a local peace action group that has been demonstrating against the two wars. The group also will pay for the sign’s upkeep. –>–>–>

    Today especially one would think that the ‘teabaggers’ would be cheering on this Mayor, don’t count on it, most of them Cheered on these Wars of Choice, along with the off budget borrowing to fund and defended even when billions were just plain lost, while Never mentioning any Sacrifice as to the soldiers serving and most certainly the Veterans of. They certainly haven’t been front and center for us older vets! Nor do they even mention the occupations, now in their speeches and speak, still ongoing except when they feel that need to wrap the flag around them and sound like they ‘support’, as they rail against, now, what they should have the previous decade that got us to the now!!

  1. Military power has now become a source of cultural pride.

    I never thought I’d see this in my life. The transformation of America is frighteningly similar to the imperial empires in the history books. The human suffering and the sacrifices of soldiers are just that; costs. All are dehumanized in the war propaganda machine. This insanity must stop. We must provide all assistance no matter the cost to heal all members of the military who have sacrificed without delay. This is another moral imperative for the U.S. These moral imperatives are piling up fast. Scary

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