August 27, 2013

Vets’ Health Care Costs Continue For Years

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U.S. Army veteran Jerral Hancock, of Lancaster, Calif., drove over an IED in Iraq in 2007. He lost his arm and the use of both legs, and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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U.S. Army veteran Jerral Hancock, of Lancaster, Calif., drove over an IED in Iraq in 2007. He lost his arm and the use of both legs, and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

No government agency has fully calculated the lifetime cost of health care for the large number of post-9/11 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with life-lasting wounds.

But it is certain to be high, with the veterans’ higher survival rates, longer tours of duty and multiple injuries, plus the anticipated cost to the VA of reducing the wait times for medical appointments and reaching veterans in rural areas, says this installment of the News21 special report, “Back Home: The Challenges Facing Post-9/11 Veterans Returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

Read the story here.


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Back Home: The Challenges Facing Post-9/11 Veterans Returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” was produced by News21, a national investigative reporting project involving top college journalism students across the country and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. News21 is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Women & Philanthropy at ASU and the Peter Kiewit Foundation funded the work of individual fellows.

The project was made available to IowaWatch via the Investigative News Network, of which IowaWatch is a member.

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