New Veterans for Common Sense Impact Report is Now Available

Veterans for Common Sense is the only organization making extensive use of the Freedom of Information Act to compile a regular and comprehensive report of this nature. Our concise report uses primary source data obtained from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to gauge the true costs of the War on Terror. As the wars  wind down it is important to realize that the last troop coming home is not the end of our military’s struggles. The human consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be felt for decades to come. As a nation we need to understand just what those consequences entail and how we can deal with them, that requires that we confront the cold hard facts. Facts like the ones contained in our impact report. Our veterans deserve our best efforts long after the parades are over,the welcome home banners have come down and the car magnets have faded.  Our previous reports have been used in numerous national media outlets including Time Magazine, Bloomberg News and NPR.

To read full report or download PDF: VCS_IAIR_JAN_2012

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Below is an excerpt from our Impact Report:

Military Deployments to War Zone 

  • 2,333,972                  Total Service Members Deployed
    • 1,002,106      Number Deployed Twice or More to War Zone (43{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d})

Military Casualties in War Zone

  • 112,019                     Total War Zone Casualties
    •   6,324            Deaths (5{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d}), Includes 309 War Zone Suicides
    • 47,409           Non-Fatal Wounded in Action (42{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d})
    • 58,286           Non-Fatal Medical Evacuations Due to Injury or Disease (52{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d})


Veteran Post-Deployment Healthcare Use [iii] [iv]

  • 1,526,746                  Veterans Eligible for VA Healthcare
    • 741,954        Veteran Patients Treated (49{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of Veterans Eligible)
    • 385,711         Veterans with Mental Health Condition (52{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of Patients)
    • 223,609         Veterans with Potential PTSD (30{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} of Patients)
    • ~  9,700         Average New Veteran Patients Each Month

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