Monday, February 05, 2007

The Plight of Damaged Iraq War Vets

By Andrew Weaver and Ray McGovern
February 5, 2007

The California Nurses Association reported that in the first quarter of 2006, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "treated 20,638 Iraq veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder, and they have a backlog of 400,000 cases." A returning soldier has to wait an average of 165 days for a VA decision on initial disability benefits, and an appeal can take up to three years.

This is unacceptable and reprehensible.

Read on.

1 comment:

Toxicr said...

Please tune in for the Homeless Marathon, a rNationally broadcast radio show,
February 20th & February 21st, 2007

There are so many homeless Vets with issues that effect
the health care system of entire country.

I highly recommend the Gulf War Vets web page and their
posting of "Beyond Treason" at :>
The vets have posted information about biological weapons and chronic illnesses.

What the Vets are going through when they return home and seek medical care and or a disability evaluation is more than just a shame. It does appear to be more of a "cover-up".

To think that Vets go to serve our country and become sick
and disabled is one thing. To be denied adequate care and
declared a criminal for the crime of becoming homeless
because of it is," unacceptable".


The Criminalization of Homelessness
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