Registered: Aug 2008
05-27-12 08:09 PM
I understand. And yes, on the RARE occasions I'll trust the VA with my health, it's absolutely one busy place right now! The Vietnam guys are in there with prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease, etc., and that's expensive stuff to treat!
On top of that I'm surrounded by the young guys from Iraq/Afghanistan with prosthetics, hearing loss, lung disorders, and yes, PTSD. Not as expensive as our Vietnam guys, but it will get more and more with age.
I'm 40. Prior USMC Mustang. Did 8 months in the sandbox in 91, and Iraq in 03-04 as an Officer. Combat wounded in the knee, and I get 20%. Yes, about enough $ to make a small car payment. Not much, but I'm not 100% like so many kids are today (and they are that. One is same age-19-as my eldest Son. He was shot 4 times and lost a leg and kidney in Afghan.)
the biggie IMO will be the costs associated with Iraq and Afghan messes now, and much, much more decades from now as aging does it's thing. The costs of war are more than I have the time to type, and you are right, it's going to be VERY expensive for VA medical care. My WWII Grandfather used to say as I was a child, "war is hell." I now know what he meant...