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A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans, while the cost of civilian veterans disabilities is kept in the dark

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 27, 2012

CNN Money A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans

Daniel Brink of South Africa was severally wounded and disabled working in Iraq. His medical care and indemnity are the also the responsibility of the US Taxpayer under the Defense Base Act only no one has the integrity to be honest about it.

After more than a decade of continuous warfare, the cost of disability compensation for wounded veterans is surging to mammoth proportions.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expects to spend $57 billion on disability benefits next year. That’s up 25% from $46 billion this year, and nearly quadruple the $15 billion spent in 2000, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

“This is the cost of going to war,” said Larry Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as assistant secretary of defense during the Ronald Reagan administration. “We’ve made so much progress in medicine [that] you’re going to have a lot of people survive their injuries who didn’t in the past.”

About 4,500 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and about 1,800 have been killed in Afghanistan. Some 633,000 veterans — one out of every four of the 2.3 million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — have a service-connected disability, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Please read the entire article here

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South African Contractors in Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 20, 2009

South African Contractors in Iraq

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www.southafricancontractorsiniraq.com

Daniel Brink, featured in yesterdays  Pro Publica story,  has a much needed

new website devoted to informing and supporting  injured South African Contractors.

Daniels ongoing battles with CNA  are highlighted in his postings here at the blog.

He has  been a tremendous inspiration to all of us here and now reaches

out to his fellow foreign injured contractors and their families who have been

treated  so poorly.

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