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By the numbers

24.5 million

Number of veterans eligible for lifetime VA medical treatment

5.8 million

Number of veterans who actually get VA care

263,000

Estimated number of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran patients next fiscal year

13,163

Number of service members as of Aug. 7 that government says were wounded badly enough in Iraq and Afghanistan not to be returned to duty within 72 hours

15,588

Number of service members wounded and returned to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as of Aug. 7

63,000

Number of casualties listed in Pentagon reports

9

Percentage of wounded soldiers who now die of their injuries

23

Percentage of wounded soldiers who died of their injuries in World War II

19

Percentage of tested Army and Marine troops who screened positive for mental health concerns on return from Iraq

127

Average wait, in days, for veterans filing disability claims from the VA

657

Average wait, in days, for veterans appealing their initial disability ruling from the VA

399,000

Number of veterans awaiting decisions on their disability rating

629,000

Overall VA case backlog

77

Percentage increase in spending on veterans since 2001

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