Disability includes health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure which have escalated in the US over the decades due to the poor American diet. We have more food than anywhere else and much of it is junk. I realize Americans need to take ownership of their health, but maybe as taxpayers we should look at how we subsidize bad diets and then pay for the health cost again with higher premiums and higher health care bills. Additionally, we can expect a larger number of disabled due to the decades-long wars. One in five service members returning from the wars are thought to have symptoms of post-traumatic stress or major depression and a similar number are thought to have sustained traumatic brain injury. That's two in five veterans. "Studies show that the peak years for government health care and disability compensation costs for veterans from past wars came 30 to 40 years after those wars ended. For Vietnam, that peak has not been reached."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/28veterans.htmlCost of Treating Veterans Will Rise Long Past Wars<snip>"By one measure, the cost of health care and disability compensation for veterans from those conflicts and all previous American wars ranks among the largest for the federal government — less than the military, Social Security and health care programs including Medicare, but nearly the same as paying interest on the national debt, the Treasury Department says..........the Congressional Budget Office...testified that the annual cost of caring for veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would nearly triple or more in the next decade, rising to $5.5 billion to $8.4 billion in 2020, from $1.9 billion in 2010."
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