The New York Daily News website reports today (May 28, 2012) that America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate -- claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the United States has ever seen.
More than 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking monetary compensation for injuries they claim are service-related.
Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims, including the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions.
Almost one-third of the claims for disability have been granted by the government so far. Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2,769 for a full one.