"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
hidden cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans
Richmond, VA (rvv.com) After more than a decade of continuous war, the
cost of disability compensation for our wounded veterans is soaring to unheard
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
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