Veterans For Common Sense: Iraq and Afghanistan Impact Report January 2012

Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) has issued its quarterly report which combines findings taken from several government documents about U.S. military service members and veterans who were deployed to the Iraq—Afghanistan war zone since September 11, 2011. VCS uses only primary source documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) obtained by VCS under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on a consistent basis since 2006. Military Deployments to War Zone –2,333,972 Total Service Members Deployed 1,002,106 Number Deployed Twice or More to War Zone (43%). Military Casualties in War Zone –112,019 Total War Zone Casualties 6,324 Deaths (5%), Includes 309 War Zone Suicides 47,409 Non-Fatal Wounded in Action (42%) 58,286 Non-Fatal Medical Evacuations Due to Injury or Disease (52%) Veteran Post-Deployment Healthcare use –1,526,746 Veterans Eligible for VA Healthcare 741,954 Veteran Patients Treated (49%) of Veterans Eligible 385,711 Veterans with Mental health condition (52% of patients). 223,609 Veterans with Potential PTSD (30% of Patients) 9,700 Average New Veteran Patients Each Month Veteran Post-Deployment Disability Claim Activity –1,526,746 Veterans Eligible for VA Disability Benefits 676,774 Veterans Filed Disability claims (44% of Veterans Eligible) 119,446 Veterans with Approved PTSD Claim (53% of PTSD patients). 9,500 Average New Claims filed by Veterans Each Month 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 Up to $900 Billion VA healthcare benefit spending over 40 years Service Member and Veteran Suicide 541,360 Total Calls to VA’s Veterans Crisis Line 314,059 Calls from Veterans from Any Period of Service 7,152 Calls from Active Duty service Members 220,149 Calls from Others/Family 19,823 “Rescues” of Suicidal Veterans and Service Members 2,293 Active Duty Suicides Since January 2011 298 Suicides after Deploying to war zone Unknown Suicides among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Veterans’ Claims Pending at VA for All Periods of Service –1,131,556 Dec. 2011, Pending Veterans’ Claims and Appeals 568,711 Mar. 2003, Pending Veterans’ Claims and Appeals 562,785 Pending Claim Increase, Mar. 2003 to Dec. 2011

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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