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 Veterans disabilities on the rise.
"VA Service-Connected Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that are related to their active duty, or were made worse by active military service." - US department of Veteran Affairs website.

A hidden cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans

Richmond, VA (  After more than a decade of continuous war, the cost of disability compensation for our wounded veterans is soaring to unheard of numbers.

According to leading authorities at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they expect to spend $57 billion on disability benefits in year 2013 alone. That's up 25% from $46 billion in 2012, and nearly quadruple the $15 billion we spent in year 2000; just before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

"This is one of the hidden costs of  war"  said the young veteran, at the McGuire Veteran's Hospital here in Richmond VA. "And you can expect Congress to under-fund for services" replied an older veteran. This is because we've made huge progress in medicine in recent years, we are going to have a lot of people survive injuries, that in the recent past would otherwise be an early death.

About 4,500 American troops have died in Iraq and around 1,800 so far have been killed in Afghanistan. We have a combined 633,000 veterans wounded from these wars, and the numbers are rising. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have one out of every four with a service-connected disability, that's from the 2.3 million who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan thus far. The compensation rate for full disability is $2,769 per month for a veteran with no dependents, in most cases that's much less then they earn when working.

Veterans are struggling to find work

Those returning veterans fortunate enough to be able to work, are struggling in this economy with everyone else. When it comes to looking for employment it's a search over many months, if not years, to find viable employment enough to sustain a household. Recent studies show that if you are a VET looking for employment your search is twice as long as a non-veteran. Why is it, that in a country with a fully volunteer force, that owes so much to for our freedoms, that we can't get priorities established for our veterans? Please fellow Richmonders, lets get this one right, give priority for any jobs vacancies to a veteran. Lets show America that here in central Virginia we understand who gave us our liberty and freedom!

Hire a VET and keep jobs here in America, don't send them abroad just to save a dollar.


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August 05, 2014 03:26 PM



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