Record Number Of Injured Returning Vets Facing Cuts To Services
June 5th, 2012|
June 5, 2012
Most Americans realize that a large number of soldiers are returning home to the United States with permanent injuries and disabilities; however, many do not realize that the number of returning vets suffering from these life-altering conditions is record breaking.
According to an article published by the Navy Times, 45 percent of the 1.6 million returning veterans are seeking compensation for injuries that they claim to be service-related. That number is more than double the number of soldiers that filed claims following the first Iraq War and Bosnia.
The average number of injuries suffered by each soldier is also on the rise. Recent returning vets are claiming, on average, between 11 and 14 ailments. Soldiers returning from previous wars, such as Vietnam and World War II, averaged between two and four injuries.
Despite the growing number of injured returning soldiers, funding for veterans services is running out, leading to the closure of 17 veterans services offices in Alabama alone. This means that the 420,000 veterans in the state of Alabama will face longer waits for services at the remaining facilities or be forced to seek alternative care options.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe that injured soldiers returning home from active duty deserve only the finest care that our country can provide. That is why the firm is dedicated to helping those soldiers get the Veterans Disability Benefits they deserve for their service.