The President’s budget requests $192 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next year and a half, including $160 billion for the next year.¬† While $13.3 billion per month is a staggering figure in itself, it does not include:

  • Funding for veterans medical care, veterans disability compensation, and job training, housing and reintegration programs for veterans
  • Other costs buried¬† in the defense budget, such as medical costs of military hospitals, senior Pentagon management time and attention, concurrent receipt of benefits, base salaries and equipment depreciation
  • Interest on the debt used to finance the war
  • Economic costs, such as loss of life, quality of life impairment, impact on family members, dislocation and long-term mental health disabilities

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