The Soldiers Who Are Making It Home

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The ultimate medical cost for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may range between $600 and $900 billion. Why so high and so unpredictable? Combat lasted much longer than the government ever expected, and medical science has been able to treat wounded soldiers who would have died during previous conflicts. We hear about the financial and human consequences. Also, Congress presses for missing war records, and Arlington National Cemetery wants to expand, but there’s controversy. Would providing space for future casualties destroy a historic, surrounding environment?

Banner image: US Marine Corps

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh, Sonya Geis