Military Headline News: Gov Going After Vet Benefits, War Costs Top $4 Trillion


Rick Rogers – Military Headline News.

The latest cost projections for the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are much higher than the last
A new Harvard University study predicts the final price tag to be $4 to $6 trillion. By comparison the entire federal budget this year is $3.8 trillion.
Health care and disability benefits will account for the bulk of that expense and won’t fully hit for decades.
Last month Brown University pegged the wars’ costs about $2 trillion.
Veteran groups are circling the wagons to stop attempts to calculate future veterans’ benefits using a formula that now adjusts Social Security payments
That calculation would slow benefit increases.
One minute, 26-year-old Sgt. Michael Cable was playing with children in Afghanistan, the next he was bleeding to death
A teenager stabbed Cable from Philpot, Ken., in the neck.
The American death toll in Afghanistan rose to 14 in March.


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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.