Ann Weeby, an event organizer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), said over half a million returning troops who file Veterans Affairs claims will have to wait over 125 days before they are considered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive physical and mental health benefits.
In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little attributed the delay to the recently-passed continuing resolution.
The discussion comes at a time when the Pentagon is already facing large budget cuts due to sequester and pressure from detainees who have begun a hunger strike.
“I think obviously this is what is going to happen to happen to Afghan Security Forces as we step back and increase and shoulder much of the combat operation burden,” Carter told reporters in a remote appearance from Afghanistan.
“Every man and woman who served in Iraq carries with them the scars of war.”
In 2011, 55 percent said that the invasion was in error and in 2008, a record high of 63 percent said it was a mistake.
Ft. Greely in Alaska will receive 14 interceptors in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday is a move that will double U.S.’ missile defense capability.
The poll found that 55 percent replied that they did not know enough while 17 percent said the the cuts were a good thing and 27 percent said that the cuts would be bad.
In 2012, 201,000 soldiers received Army tuition assistance.