“Post 9/11” Bill — More Money for Vetsby Tim Manni
Deservedly, the US plans to increase spending on our veterans. Last month, the president signed the “Post 9/11” GI Bill that will add $100 billion in educational benefits for veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs proposed adding an additional $94 billion in 2009 to care for the vast number of wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan:
Also, medical costs could climb because of unanticipated long-term problems from wounds such as traumatic brain injuries, which remain little understood, says Adrian Atizado, assistant legislative director with the Disabled American Veterans.
Annual costs for a severe head injury can reach $400,000, according to a RAND Corp. study released this year.
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