The Aftermath of War and the US Healthcare Policy

1045 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
National monuments stand as enduring testaments to the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens when political action dictates that war must be waged, and holidays commemorate the fallen who laid their lives down in defense of their homeland. Nonetheless, the storm clouds of crisis have begun to gather as the nation winds down its operations in two disparate fields of battle, with a decade of continuous warfare finally ending in Iraq and de-escalation occurring rapidly in Afghanistan. The devastating effects of a prolonged economic recession have crippled many segments of the federal government, but the crucial programs and departments associated with providing healthcare services to active military members and veterans have become severely overburdened by the extraordinary influx of soldiers returning from the Middle East as casualties of war. From amputees coping with the loss of one or more limb after an improvised explosive device attack, to veterans of so-called "stop-loss" deployment schedules who suffer from the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the thousands of soldiers with injuries and illnesses attributed to their service, America has positioned itself precariously on the precipice of domestic disaster the likes of which have…

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