The US taxpayer reimburses private insurance companies to provide medical coverage to  contractors serving in a war zone (because it is deemed too risky for a private company to voluntarily provide such coverage).  Despite this,  Congress is investigating allegations that insurance giant AIG, which was supposed to offer medical coverage to the US contractors working for KBR, failed to provide this coverage.  This finding was reported in the Three Trillion Dollar War.  Read more:

http://www.propublica.org/feature/comments/aig-faces-hearing-on-denial-of-medical-claims-by-contractors-injured-608

The Ministry of Health in Iraq has confirmed 327 new cases of cholera since August 20th, 2008. The outbreak has reached nine provinces, including Baghdad, Basra, Karbala, Najaf, Diyala, Anbar, Babil, Diwaniya and Maysan. Dozens of new suspected cases are being investigated throughout the country.

The latest information from Veterans for Common Sense shows a continued increase in the number of veterans who are seeking medical care from VA hospitals and clinics, and another steep increase in the number of returning troops who are diagnosed with mental health conditions.

The latest numbers show tha4 347,750 (40% of all patients) have been treated at VA medical facilities.

147,744 have been treated for mental health problems, of whom about half have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  For complete records, see:

May/June 2008

Part I: Brain Trauma in Iraq
Thousands of U.S. soldiers have survived powerful explosions. Many are returning home with brain injuries that could result in lingering disabilities.
By Emily Singer
Read more here

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