This Associated Press article is today's must-read:
Almost half of new vets seek disability
According to the article, 45% of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking disability benefits related to injuries or PTSD, a big rise from the 21% of vets from the Gulf war.
The big jump comes from a lot of different factors, including better body armor and medical techniques that have increased survival rates and better bombs that do more damage.
A better awareness of PTSD is also cited.
Meanwhile, 560,000 veterans have been waiting 125 days or more for disability claims to be processed, mostly due to sheer volume but also because the average vet is claiming 8 to 9 (and as many as 14) different ailments.
Give the article a read. The statistics are staggering and sobering.