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No End in Sight
The cost of the war on terror can’t be calculated in rising gas prices or soaring national debt. The real toll is being brought back from the Middle East by a generation of soldiers whose neglect is becoming a mounting national shame.
Maxim, November 2005
But on a Monday, the night before he killed himself, Jeff began talking to his father about Iraq. He asked if he could sit in his father’s lap......“That night he sat on my lap for about 45 minutes,” Kevin says. “I scratched his head. It felt a bit awkward, but how could I say no?” They sat and rocked. A middle-age man and his 23-year-old son.
While addressing a government conference in May, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson revealed that the unemployment rate for male veterans between ages 20 and 24 was 20.4 percent, almost twice the 11 percent rate of their civilian counterparts.
Then, in June, the VA admitted it was short $1 billion for this year’s budget. They’d underestimated the number of vets needing care after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005; they’d figured on 24,000, but now it looks more like 103,000.