Saturday, March 23, 2013

Veterans Administration Spending To Rise For Decades

"If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

VA Spending From Iraq, Afghanistan Wars To Rise For Decades

From the Costs of War Project: Because the Iraq war appropriations for FY2003 FY2013 were not funded with new taxes, but by borrowing, it is important to keep in mind the interest costs already paid, and future interest costs. Iraq War appropriations for DOD and State were 54 percent of the interest costs. If one were to include Iraq's share of cumulative interest through 2053, those costs could be more than $3.9 trillion.

Released for the tenth anniversary of the invasion, 19 March 2003, and not including, as you can see above, the costs of the abandoned Afghanistan main missions, as that occupation continues winding down, with the buildup to and invasion and occupation of Iraq. Those costs also are not funded by tax increases, the military monetary costs as well as the no-bid civilian contractor costs and much more, along with the peoples responsibility especially for the Veterans of both. Add in the extended costs in direct results also as to the National Security needs caused by the expansion of the al Qaeda type blowback criminal terrorism. Added to the decades, in relation to those of us who've served, previous and wars of, of underfunding the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration as they choose to ignore what veterans were saying about and suffering from, PTS, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, to name just a very few of the many issues.

"We are dealing with veterans, not procedure; with their problems, not ours." General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration
The War Comes Home

US Budgetary Costs of the Iraq War

The Rest of the Research Papers
Brown University - Iraq: 10 Years After Costs of War - Research Papers

U.S. Spending & Waste in the Reconstruction of Iraq

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

And as before, with Iraq officially over and Afghanistan winding down, when Afghanistan officially ends any conscious effort by the peoples representatives, hired by the people and with their approval, to uphold their responsibility, any sacrifice, will end as well!

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