Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Quick Hits and Fazed Cookies

War costs: $20,900 per family
When putting together the family budget for the upcoming year, make sure to add the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the list -- oh, and save a little wiggle-room for Iran.

According to a report released last week by the congressional Joint Economic Committee, the total economic impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will top $1.6 trillion in 2009 – or more than $20,000 per every family of four.
The wars are now costing $12 billion dollars every month.
Tough times for veterans

While civilians are facing challenges in the pocketbook, our veterans are being bombarded from every side -- both in battle and here at home.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, nearly two million American veterans are living with no health care. Veterans and their dependents now make up over 12 percent of the nation's uninsured.
Most of the uninsured veterans were working-class people who were too poor to afford private insurance but not poor enough to qualify for care under a priority system administered by the Veterans Affairs Department. Some were unable to get care because there was no V.A. facility nearby, or the nearest facility had a long waiting list, or they could not afford the co-payments required of some veterans.
Veteran suicide rate "epidemic"
A CBS news investigation into the suicide rate among U.S. war veterans produced startling results.
According to the report, veterans are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians of the same demographics. In 2005, for example, in just the 45 states that provided information, there were at least 6,256 suicides among those who served in the armed forces. That's 120 each and every week for an entire year.


Terry in Florida said...

It's amazing that Bush and company can continue to send these guys back for second, third and even fourth tours over there, while this mess is going on at home. One-hundred and twenty suicides a week -- that is just a staggering tragedy.

Sheila M. said...

The health care crisis in this country is just out-of-control. To think that a young person that risks his or her life for their country can be denied health insurance because they make $35,000 a year is just amazing. It's no wonder these guys are so disillusioned and depressed.

Carter McCoy said...

"Support our Troops" makes a great bumper sticker, but that's all that it is. When are people in this country going to learn that supporting the troops means keeping them out of unneccessary conflicts, giving them the best equipment, the best leadership and the best benefits? We need an entire overhaul of the Pentagon and it's veteran's policies, or our volunteer army will melt down to nothing.

Frank said...

The following is an excerpt from the Legislative Update of the Military Officers Association of America newsletter: "The President also signed into law a veteran suicide prevention measure (P.L. 110-110) that addresses training, screening and tracking of veterans at risk for suicide and other mental health illnesses. A large new study by Army researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association (November 14, 2007) found significant levels of PTSD and other mental health concerns among combat veterans. The study concluded that "the large clinical burden recently reported among veterans presenting to VA facilities seems to exist within months of returning home, highlighting the need to enhance military mental health care during this period."