Make a difference in the challenge to confront global warming and prevent nuclear war and the development and use of nuclear weapons.
We have two weeks left until the Senate is expected to vote on the Iran deal, your Senator is undecided, and we need every possible vote we can get. Please call now and urge your Senator to vote "yes" for the Iran deal.
Long Term Costs of Iraq War Overwhelming
Estimates Show Veteran Care Costs to Outpace Actual Costs of Combat
November 7, 2007
(Washington, DC) A report released by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) concludes that the mental and social trauma from the Iraq war will be with the U.S. for the lifetime of wounded soldiers. The fiscal costs for health care and disability benefits likely will exceed those for combat activities. Dr. Evan Kanter, a member of the Board of Directors for PSR, prepared the report that details more than $650 billion in long term costs as well as mental disabilities and disruptions to families of returning veterans.
PSR joined Senator Murray and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to release the report and discuss the very significant problems facing returning soldiers. The report was released in advance of Veterans’ Day to elevate the issue of veteran care relative to the Iraq war.
“This report should serve as a wake up for Americans and this administration. While we endlessly debate what we are gaining in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families are falling victim to death, post-war trauma and lifelong struggles with mental and physical wounds as a legacy of this war. The U.S. needs to bring its troops home now,” said Dr. Evan Kanter, author of the report.
PSR Executive Director Dr. Michael McCally added, “I think Americans are becoming aware of the overwhelming financial, physical and emotional toll of this war. We want to thank Senator Murray, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, for helping bring this report to the attention of the U.S. Congress. Hopefully, it will initiate more aggressive efforts toward ending this war and providing appropriate care for veterans.”
Dr. Kanter is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist specializing in posttraumatic stress disorder. He is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a staff physician with the Veterans’ Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.
For more information please contact PSR at 202-667-4260. Dr. Kanter may be contacted directly at 206-850-5619.
Click here to view the report.
Video: We Have an Iran Deal! Now What?
Watch PSR Security Program's latest webinar to understand the details of the Iran Deal and what you can do to keep the deal safe from Congress. Featuring speaker Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association. Read more »
Video: Paths to Disarmament: The NPT and the Humanitarian Initiative
In this webinar, John Loretz of PSR's international affiliate, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, discusses the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons on humanitarian grounds. Read more »
Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001. Read more »