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Subject: Re: Trend-Military Equipment Purchases Downward Date: 3/23/2013 4:09 PM
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If you think the cost of the wars is over you might want to consider that according to this there are still two people collecting pensions related to the US Civil War. }};-()
Yes I saw that piece.

Another problem with the continuing cost of wars is that while badly injured soldiers used to mostly die on the battlefields, nowadays they throw whatever is left over from the bomb or bullets in a helicopter and haul to to a field hospital with top notch surgeons who will fix enough of it up to be technically alive and collect expensive support from the taxpayer for the rest of its life.

Absolutely. And not only those with physical wounds. There will be a slew of those with PTSD. Especially since many have multiple tours of duty. A typical PTSD has a lifetime cost of $1.5 million. Multiply by thousands or tens of thousands equals big bucks. There is a big tail end cost that seems to garner any consideration from the parties sending the military to war.

Not to worry though, the US military is & has benn reclassifying some PTSD cases as personality disorders. Ah a pre-existing condition; we [US gov't] owe nothing, bye-bye.

there is a NYTimes story about this in the thread below:http://boards.fool.com/military-vets-gitting-hosed-29906616....

Another article on this subject. here:http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20235680/u-s-milit...

The law clinic has determined that a total of 31,000 service members from 2001 to 2010 were discharged on the basis of alleged personality disorder, which is nearly 20 percent more than the 26,000 personality disorder discharges estimated by the federal General Accounting Office for 2001 to 2007.

The report concludes that the Defense Department "has taken no meaningful steps to redress the wrongful discharges of these thousands of service members," referring to the total of 31,000 discharges.
"It's shocking," said law student Zachary Strassburger, who worked on the analysis. Strassburger said Defense has had this information for years, but has not acted upon it, "Something is wrong here,"

"On a veteran's discharge paperwork it states clearly, 'discharged for personality disorder,' and not only does it keep veterans from benefits they may have earned, but it is one of the first things that prospective employers see.

Perhaps the US military should print on their discharges; "Thanks fer yer service-SUCKER"

I consider this subject non political as this process has occurred under both democrat & republican regimes.
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