Security heightened in Baghdad after four days of apparent sectarian violence in which least 140 people have died.
Annual health care spending by Americans according to the New Yorker, 2005, $5267 per capita (about $1.56 trillion). The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimated 3 million people in the US were homeless for at least some part of 2002. From 2003 New York City Housing Authority figures, the cost of public housing can be $2160 per occupant per year. Based on the 2000 Census and the USDA report, “Household Food Security in the United States, 2002,” it is estimated there are 35 million hungry people in the US. World Food Program food rations cost 29 cents per day, while the average daily expenditure on food in the developed world is $10. The figure of $3.55 per day per person was used to estimate the cost of feeding underfed Americans. Most charities operate at much lower costs.
America’s wars are forcing Afghans and Iraqis to flee their homes in greater numbers. According to a recent U.N. High Commission for Refugees study, nearly one half of the world’s refugees are from Afghanistan and Iraq, 3.05 million and 1.68 million, respectively. But neither the United States nor much of the developed world bears the burden of the 10.55 million refugees under the UNHCR’s purview globally. Instead, Pakistan, Iran, and Syria serve as the top host countries. The Economist has charted the numbers.
You know I have lost a lot of shit in my life time, a few watches, a few wallets, books, homework, cell phones, and the list goes on, and yes I have lost money as well, but nothing like what Pentagon lost in the reconstruction effort. $8.7 billion which is 96 percent of $9.1 billion they had set aside.
Since no one will lose their job or get shoved into the trunk of a car and pushed off a cliff, let’s look at how much money that actually is.
More then 8 times the 10 pallets is what was lost in Iraq. $8.7 Billion fucking dollars.
Now if you ever wondered what the fuck a trillion dollars looks like which we are over 13 trillion in debt.
So folks times this fucking picture by 13 and there you have it.
The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.
Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the Army Times. Eighteen succeed, roughly five of whom receive medical care from Veterans Affairs, rated one of the best health programs in the country.
“Of the more than 30,000 suicides in this country each year, fully 20 percent of them are acts by veterans,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki at a VA-sponsored suicide prevention conference in January, Inter Press Service reported.
The Times noted that “In general, VA officials said, women attempt suicide more often, but men are more likely to succeed in the attempt.”
The report cites access to health care and age — younger veterans are less likely to try — as two major factors in the suicide rate, and notes that the VA is seeking to strengthen its suicide prevention programs.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.”
The struggle among veterans to return to everyday life has been documented over the years.
The Associated Press reported in November 2007 that one in four homeless people across the nation is likely to be a veteran, even though veterans constitute a mere 11 percent of overall adults in the United States.
“And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans,” AP added. “Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job.”
Homelessness among women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is on the rise.
The Boston Globe reported last year that “number of female service members who have become homeless after leaving the military has jumped dramatically in recent years.”
One in ten homeless veterans under 45 years of age is a woman, statistics showed in July of 2009.
“Some of the first homeless vets that walked into our office were single moms,” Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s executive director and founder, told the Globe.
“When people think of homeless vets, they don’t think of a Hispanic mother and her kids. The new generation of veterans is made up of far more women.’”