Troops Return Home to New Battles

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense,, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Legion; Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The backlog of benefit claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled, as returning U.S. troops face the prospect of postwar health issues and a transition to life outside the military.

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