American men and women, returning from overseas conflicts, are filing for disability benefits at historic rates.
The Associated Press reports this morning that "a staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are now seeking compensation" for service-related injuries.
"That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press," the report said.
Additionally, new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average. Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2,769 for a full disability.
The AP spent three months reviewing records and talking with doctors, government officials and former troops to take stock of the veterans' injuries.