The American Conservative provides some of the real costs of our wars of the past 10 years.

Military deployments to the war zone since 9/11:

  • 2.22 million total service members deployed
  • 941,743 deployed twice or more (42 %)

Military casualties in the war zone since 9/11

  • 108,974 casualties
  • 6,211 deaths (including 298 war zone suicides)
  • 45,889 non-fatal wounded in action
  • 56,874 non-fatal medical evacuations due to injury or disease

Veteran Post-Deployment Healthcare Use

  • 1.44 million vets eligible for VA healthcare
  • 711,986 Iraq & Afghanistan vets treated at VA
  • 367,749 vets treated for mental health condition
  • 211,819 vets treat for potential PTSD
  • 9,700 average new vets treated per month

Veterans Post-Deployment Disability Claim Activity

  • 1.4 million eligible for disability payments
  • 624,266 vets filed for disability
  • 133,595 awaiting VA decision
  • 107,718 vets with appr0ved PTSD claim
  • 9,500 average new claims per month

Estimated long term cost impact on VA: up to $900 billion over 40 years

More Estimated Long-Term Impact on VA

  • 1,032,000 Total New Veteran Patients, Dec. 31, 2013
  • 938,000 Total New Veteran Claims, Dec. 31, 2013

Service Member and Veteran Suicide

  • 462,854 Total Calls to VA’s Veterans Crisis Line
  • 259,891 Calls from Veterans from Any Period of Service
  • 6,030 Calls from Active Duty Service Members
  • 195,933 Calls from Others / Family
  • 16,855 “Rescues” of Suicidal Veterans and Service Members
  • 2,293 Active Duty Suicides Since January 2001
  • 298 Suicides While Deployed in War Zone
  • 1,995 Other Suicides (Deployment Status Unknown)

Veterans’ Claims Pending at VA for All Periods of Service

  • 1,097,489 Sep. 2011, Pending Veterans’ Claims and Appeals
  • 568,711 Mar. 2003, Pending Veterans’ Claims and Appeals
  • 528,778 Pending Claim Increase, Mar. 2003 to Sep. 2011
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