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Almost half of new veterans seek disability

Postby Waleis » Sun May 27, 2012 2:10 pm

"America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.

What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.

It's unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims - the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD. Almost one-third have been granted disability so far.
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Re: Almost half of new veterans seek disability

Postby drtrech » Sun May 27, 2012 3:06 pm

Seems to be that the explanation is in the story.

Too bad that the companies they're fighting for don't feel an obligation toward these guys. They should get all they can, because that's all they get for their sacrifice.
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Re: Almost half of new veterans seek disability

Postby jmcampe » Mon May 28, 2012 1:08 pm

Soldiers definitely carry more into combat these days than their predecessors, for instance, and IOTV, or Improved Outer Tactical Vest, for your avg soldier weighs in at about 50lbs, then you add 210 rounds of ammunition, I don't know exactly how much it weighs but it feels like about 15lbs, a gallon of water, carbine etc, your avg soldier is carrying about 70 to 75 lbs of equipment on a 7 hour patrol. Then look at your specialty soldiers, 240B gunners and their assistant gunner, they are carrying about 100lbs a piece, then the guy with the thor, wolfhound, radio, all about 100lbs a piece, and if you are doing a long distance march everyone's weight goes up because of water/food/socks/ammo considerations, same thing for multiday missions. DOD has introduced the plate carrier, which still weighs in at about 35lbs, even stripped down. Knees, backs and shoulders are only meant to take so much punishment... I would be interested to see how many of those injuries are combat vs training injuries, and how many are stress induced in the combat side of the house.
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