The Healthcare Costs of War – “The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost billions of dollars over the last decade, but the spending won’t stop when the fighting does. Just how much money are we spending on health care because of war?
- As of March 2013, the U.S. has paid $135 billion for medical and disability care for more than 4 million veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.’
- That’s $150 million per day.
- More veterans apply to receive benefits every day.
- 45% of Gulf War veterans need benefits.
- Average wait time for benefits is 286 days.”
- See also Brown University – Watson Institute: “The Costs of War report has been compiled and updated by more than 30 economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists as the first comprehensive analysis of over a decade of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The Costs of War Project analyzes the implications of these wars in terms of human casualties, economic costs, and civil liberties.”