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June 29, 2005

103,000 US Injured in Iraq, Afghanistan

War injured toll soars, hits veterans health costs:

As the numbers of U.S. war injured in Iraq and Afghanistan soared, the Bush administration admitted to lawmakers on Tuesday it had underestimated funds to cover health care costs for veterans and Congress would have to plug a $2.6 billion hole.

The Veterans Administration assumed it would have to take care of 23,553 patients who are veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but that number had been revised upward to 103,000, Nicholson told a House of Representatives panel.

These long-term costs of dealing with the injured over their lifetimes means the costs of these wars will live with the country (and their families) year after year, long after the wars are over.

Posted by Nathan at June 29, 2005 08:16 AM