Sep 10, VCS Releases New VA Fact Sheet: VA Hospitals Already Treated 347,750 Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Patients

Veterans for Common Sense releases our newest “VA Fact Sheet” showing that VA hospitals and patients treated nearly 350,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran patients, including nearly 150,000 diagnosed with mental health conditions.

VA Fact Sheet: Impact of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Veteran Patients from Two Wars Nears 350,000

Chart #1, Department of Defense Deployments to War Zones

Deployed to War ZoneNumber In MilitaryPercent in MilitaryVeterans Now Eligible for VAPercent Veterans1,717,925849,20849{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d}868,71751{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d}

 Chart #2, Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

CategoryNumber of VeteransPercentVeteran Patients347,75040{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of VeteransMental Health Patients147,74442{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of PatientsPTSD Patients75,85022{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of PatientsVet Center Patients302,50387{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of Patients

 Chart #3, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

CategoryNumber of VeteransPercentDisability Claims Filed287,79032{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of VeteransClaims Pending41,49214{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of Claims FiledApproved PTSD Claim37,46049{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of PTSD Patients

 Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs, “Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among US Global War on Terrorism Veterans,” Aug. 18, 2008; “VA Benefits Activity: Veterans Deployed to the Global War on Terror, Apr. 16, 2008; “Readjustment Counseling Service, Global War on Terror Veterans Served Each FY,” Aug. 22, 2008; and Department of Defense, “Contingency Tracking System,” through Mar. 31, 2008.

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