I used to work with this guy that had previously worked with military contractors and who has high ranking navy officers as family members. My former colleague would say that the United States government did not stop paying Civil War benefits until somewhere in the 1970’s or 1980’s. Think about that for a second when you think about the two million plus soldiers and military personnel that were deployed in the war in Iraq.
Early in the Iraq War, it was originally estimated to cost somewhere between $50 to $80 billion. Now analysts are project the total direct cost of Iraq War is north of $800 billion and that the American public will be paying upwards of $4 trillion for decades to come in indirect costs such as health benefits to war veterans.
From an article on Market Watch on the cost of the Iraq War….
Caring for veterans, more than 2 million of them, could alone reach $1 trillion, according to Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in Congressional testimony in July.