Wounded warriors face home-front battle with VA This is one of the things that pissed me off during the first Gulf War. The fact that care for our wounded Vets has declined exponentially since then is a national disgrace and must not be tolerated. These fine men and women volunteered! They were not drafted; and we basically spit on their commitment, tenacity; and honor. IMHO, at least 20% of every amount congress passes to spend on this disgusting war should come off the top and go to update and improve the VA Hospitals and the way in which they care for wounded and maimed soldiers. They shouldn't have to fight another war when they come home just to get decent medical and behavioral health care. Nor should they be expected to wait for monetary benefits. "The VA system is not ready, and they simply don't have time to catch up," Tammy Duckworth -- herself a wounded veteran who heads up the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs -- told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in March. VA Acting Secretary Gordon Mansfield said cases like Ziegel's are rare -- that the majority of veterans are moving through the process and "being taken care of." He also said most veterans are fairly compensated."Any veteran with the same issue, if it's a medical disability, ... it is going to get the same exact result anywhere in our system," he said. More than 28,500 troops have been wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom, including about 8,500 that have needed air transport, according to the U.S. military. http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/.element/img/2.0/mosaic/tabs/photos.gif See photos of these Iraq war heroes »A recent Harvard study found that the cost of caring for those wounded over the course of their lifetime could ultimately cost more than $660 billion.