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For Immediate Release

Washington, DC, November 19, 2009


More Veterans Die From Lack Of Healthcare Than Combat In Afghanistan


Salem-News.Com (11/16, King), following on coverage from AFP, reports that "the number of American veterans who died in 2008 because they didn't have healthcare is 14 times higher than the military death toll in Afghanistan, for the entire year. Two Harvard medical researchers analyzed data, comparing U.S. combat-related deaths in Afghanistan, with the number of veterans who died because they lacked the ability to seek out adequate healthcare and access medical services. All of the veterans surveyed were under the age of 65." The piece notes that the study "indicates that in spite of care from the Veterans Administration, many American veterans remain without coverage."

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