As if previous reports weren't bad enough — just yesterday I was commenting here on a finding that some 333,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets will receive medical treatment this year — there's a new shocker from AP today, revealing that some 70,000 Iraq vets are suffering severe hearing problems. Here is.
AP: Hidden Toll in Iraq — 70,000 U.S. Soldiers Suffering from Hearing Damage
Published: March 08, 2008 2:10 PM ET
SAN DIEGO -Soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.
Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the war on terrorism, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear. Nearly 70,000 of the more than 1.3 million troops who have served in the two war zones are collecting disability for tinnitus, a potentially debilitating ringing in the ears, and more than 58,000 are on disability for hearing loss, the VA said. ...
Nothing good comes of war.