Defending our world from terror has an enormous cost
A cost that is seldom realized unless you, your loved ones
and community are directly impacted
In reality, it is a cost that only a nation united can bear
It is not the responsibility or capability of a single institution alone
In reality, it is OUR concern, OUR nation's sons, daughters, parents and spouses
These are OUR defenders...
the unexpected is everyone's concern
HELP RESTORE A LIFE NOW
Since 2001, American Servicemen and Women
treated for injuries in the ongoing wars on terror is more than
I am one
of the estimated 200
US soldiers whose face is so severely disfigured I am
now eligible for
a face transplant
"I felt I would come back from war but never expected it would be in pieces"
The Task at Hand by the Numbers*
More than 2, 000, 000 Americans sent to Iraq or Afghanistan
More than 6, 000 killed
More than 50, 000 wounded in action
Diagnosed with Catastrophic Injuries who would have died on the battlefield a generation ago
exceeds 16, 000
One in five returning with post-traumatic stress, major depression or traumatic brain injury
Highly specialized surgical/clinical care costs for catastrophic injury exceed $500, 000 per soldier and
an estimated $2, 000, 000 for long term care per soldier
Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury exceeds 43, 000
In 2013 The VA reported taking on about 4,000 new cases of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each month
In 2016 the VA reported between 11-20% of those who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year
Estimated health care bill for the wounded could exceed half a $1,000,000,000,000 over the next few decades.
Unlike Social Security, there is no money set aside to pay for future veterans’ health care costs
For the most part, veterans are dependent on appropriations approved by the U.S. Congress annually
*(Sourced using data from the United States Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) and United States Department of Defense (US D.o.D), Harvard and private non-profit 2013 - 2017)
* No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), is intended or should be inferred.
In these numbers are also stories of people who learned to cope with, sometimes overcome,
and some who even manage to CONQUER the heartbreak and Wounds of War...
How YOU can help by the Numbers
ONLY 1% of Americans are trained to Protect and Defend US all
It will take a grateful nation’s entire effort to help meet the unanticipated long term costs of caring for the wounded
Please help heal the wounds of war suffered by those willing to sacrifice life and limb
2.6% of all Americans helping with just $1.00 = $8, 000, 000 = 4 injured soldiers long term care