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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Pentagon underreporting casualties

    From American Progress:

    Seven Members of Congress issued a letter last week charging that the Pentagon is systematically "under-reporting casualties in Iraq by only reporting non-fatal casualties incurred in combat." They asked for a full accounting of the accurate numbers. Their letter quoted John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, who told CBS's "60 Minutes" that the uncounted casualty figure "would have to be somewhere in the ballpark of over 20, maybe 30,000." But that CBS report came in November 2004. Now, more than a year later, those numbers have risen significantly. On Saturday, Salon.com published details of an October 2005 Veterans Affairs (V.A.) report showing that 119,247 off-duty Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are receiving health care from the V.A. The report seemed to show "that a lot of those health problems are war-related. For example, nearly 37,000 have mental disorders, including nearly 16,000 who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Over 46,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receiving benefits from the V.A. have musculoskeletal problems. These are all veterans who within the last four years were considered by the military to be mentally and physically fit enough to fight."


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