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Almost Half of All Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Are Disabled

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As we observe Veterans Day today, I’ve got something for you to think long and hard about. Almost half of all Afghanistan and Iraq war Veterans are disabled. Awful, isn’t it?

If you’ve found yourself questioning exactly how much of a sacrifice our troops have made, let me put it into perspective for you:

45% of our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (or almost half) have applied for disability benefits.  That’s more than double the disability rate from the first Gulf War. And it gets worse.

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No injured soldier is above another, but check this out- soldiers filing for disability now have more injuries than in previous wars.  Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have an average of eight ailments. If we do a side by side comparison, Vietnam vets had fewer than four problems.  World War Two and Korean War vets had two.  Although we do need to keep in mind that we didn’t know a whole lot about things like concussions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in earlier wars.

The numbers are staggering– more than 1,600 Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans have lost limbs. Over 156 are blind.  More than 177,000 have suffered hearing loss and upwards of 200 need face transplants.

Also, this doesn’t cover the number of silent troops- the ones who experienced horrific things and haven’t spoken up.

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If you’re interested in learning ways you can help wounded soldiers, please check this out.

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