Source: Washington Monthly (Link)
In reality, the increase in VA disability benefit costs is not due to widespread scamming of the system. It reflects the collateral damage suffered by many participants in America’s twenty-first- century wars. As part of a military that deployed many of them multiple times, younger veterans were exposed to greater risk of harm than the draftees who mainly served a single of tour of duty in the killing fields of Southeast Asia six decades ago. What’s more, advances in medicine and battlefield triage since Vietnam have also ensured that severely injured service members are five times more likely to survive potentially fatal wounds than in previous wars. Those casualty figures have translated into a costly need to provide more long-term care and compensation, not less.