The U.S. government has been unfaithful to its veterans of war and fails to provide the necessary services they need, according to John Heuer, president of the Eisenhower Chapter in North Carolina.
“The treatment of our veterans is a great betrayal by our military and government,” Heuer told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Monday.
Heuer said that as veterans age and confronted with various mental and physical ailments, they will require more services and assistance. He added that it’s “a great tragedy” that veterans are not getting the care they need. “The government’s services are quite limited and there are thousands of veterans that are not getting any services at all.”
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related.
That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.