from where do the newly wounded come?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002

    so we've got about 13k iraq wounded. let's assume about a third are from this year, so call it 4k.

    can we be so bold to assume half as many were wounded in afghanistan this year? probably not, but let's. so we're up to 6k. and add a few more from other oversea assignments, and soldiers injured at home. for safety's sake, shall we double it? 12k.

    what about ex-soldiers, from any war, developing maladies? shall we double it again?

    estimate: 24,000 new military wounded this year.

    how does that match up w/ the number of vets who're enrolling for health care benefits this year alone from Veteran Affairs? link
    not even if _all_ those 13,700 wounded were applying this year does that 103k number make any sense to me. what am i missing? can it truly be the case that the number wounded in iraq and afghanistan makes up only some 13% (or less) of the newly wounded?

    from where do all these newly wounded come?
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Aren't they just regular veterans applying for their VA health benefits? Not necessarily wounded, just a WWII/Vietnam/Korea/Gulf War 1 vet who developed an illness, not necessarily even related to combat.
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I would think that there are people who fall into the category of wounded but still fighting. They have to wait until they get home to sign up for treatment of some nagging problem that isn't serious enough to take them off the front line.

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