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That's one hell of a spike in claims. I think it's fair to say part of this is due to the economic climate. For many veterans returning home to very poor employment conditions, it's an easy way to continue to bring money into their homes.
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.
AP I can buy that, as it's easy to see why. What seems to be missed is how our leaders have very little concern for how much of a toll these conflicts have had on our military personnel. Take John McCain for instance, He's been calling for intervention in Syria for a while now, and he continues to push for action to oust Assad.McCain: Don't count on Russia to force out Assad
Government officials and some veterans' advocates say that veterans who might have been able to work with certain disabilities may be more inclined to seek benefits now because they lost jobs or can't find any. Aggressive outreach and advocacy efforts also have brought more veterans into the system, which must evaluate each claim to see if it is war-related. Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2,769 for a full one.
So what is it that America stands for? Destroying American lives for the continued profit of rich old men? I get that some bad things are happening in Syria, but the American military cannot continue to shoulder the burden of every country, especially when the actual motives of intervening in these countries always seems to be unclear. John McCain is insane, the U.S. is currently fighting a war on two fronts (Iraq/Afghanistan). Close to a possible third (Iran), and he's calling for a fourth (Syria). Where does the madness end? Being a veteran myself I will tell you the hardest thing to do is leave your family for a year, and go off to fight in a foreign country. My apologies for the rant, but these men are insane, with no regard to the toll it has taken on the lives of these people. Who is John McCain and men like him loyal to? The American people?
"What the conclusion you can draw is that this president wants to kick the can down the road on all of these issues until after the election. ... It's really an abdication of everything that America stands for and believes in," he later added.
Military men are “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy. - Henry Kissinger,
National Security Advisor to Nixon, 1973. (War Criminal, Freemason, Zionist, White House Advisor during the Iraq and Afghan wars).
What if they gave a war and made only those who voted for that war to fight?????