MHN: 500 Vets Dying Waiting for Appeals, $7B to Bring Equipment Home


Military Headline News – Rick Rogers

Dying for a decision
The claims backlog at the Veterans Affairs Department is nine months long. But the appeals backlog is much longer. So long in fact that 500 vets will die this year waiting for their cases to be reexamined, according to Pittsburgh newspaper.
Eighteen veterans have tested positive for hepatitis after a VA hospital in New York used insulin injector on multiple patients, according to a government official.
The needles were supposed to be used just once.
A Pakistani court has given its government the OK to shoot down US drones flying in its air space and conducting what it described as ‘war crimes’
American drone strikes in Pakistan that kill Taliban and civilians alike are a hot-button issue.
One expensive shipping bill
The U.S. invaded Afghanistan more than a dozen years ago on the cheap by using lightly armed forces.
Dragging its equipment home in 2014 will be anything but.
The United States faces a $7 billion bill to retrieve its hardware.
Rick Rogers, Military Headline News.
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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.