Finally, although veterans care comprises the fourth largest category of government spending, the magnitude of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans costs is grossly understated in government projections. There is no provision set aside to cover these future obligations. Given that our pledge to care for veterans is a form of deferred compensation, we should appropriate funds for these inevitable long-term costs at the time we budget for the wars in which they will fight. Caring for US Veterans | Costs of War http://costsofwar.org/sites/default...achments/Lutz US and Coalition Casualties.pdf Taking all these costs into account, the total budgetary costs associated with providing for Americas war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan is likely to approach $1 trillion. http://costsofwar.org/sites/default/files/articles/52/attachments/Bilmes Veterans Costs.pdf Remember back in 2006 when Americans were shocked when told the cost could be a trillion dollars, maybe even two if you include the injuries? BUSH REFUSES TO CONFRONT THE TRUE COST OF THE IRAQ WAR Bush is seek $439 billion for the defense budget. This doesn't include the cost of the Iraq war, about $120 billion in this year alone. Bush still clings to his beloved tax cuts, and wants to cut spending for every other non-defense item in the budget to pay for them. ---------------------------------------------------- Because of the cost of advanced medicine, the costs today are much higher. Remember when the cost of the Iraq war was a mere 200 billion. The recent estimates are 3 trillion and that's not including the cost of all the veterans maimed in that Republican fiasco. So Republicans were off by a factor of 15. Imagine if the cost of taking care of all those maimed veterans is off by a factor of 15, then it could cost 15 trillion. This is a cost that Republicans will blame on Obama. They already are.