Military Headline News: Iraq War Costs Revisited, Whistleblower Says VA Cooked the Books


Military Headline News

* Just how much blood and treasure was spent on the Iraq war?

Well, according to a sobering new report: the conflict killed nearly 200,000 people – including more than 4,400 American troops — and will cost U.S. taxpayers at least $2.2 trillion dollars.

A big chunk of that will go to caring for our wounded veterans.

March 20 marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war.

* The Department of Veterans Affairs cooked the books in order to downplay veterans’ assertions that burn pits, pesticides, nerve agents and other pollutants made them sick.

Former VA doctor Steven Coughlin told congress the department suppressed and manipulated data backing the health claims of Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf veterans.

* An American soldier charged with killing Afghan civilians is expected to undergo a court-ordered mental health review.

The Army has charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with murdering 16 Afghan villagers back on March 11, 2011.

Rick Rogers, Military Headline News.

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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.