30 Dec '12, 9pm

Aging vets:DoD spent more on pills, injections & vaccines than on BlackHawks, tanks, C130s & Patriot missiles combined

Aging vets:DoD spent more on pills, injections & vaccines than on BlackHawks, tanks, C130s & Patriot missiles combined

An analysis of Pentagon drug purchases since 2002 published Sunday by the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/S08nuI ) found, for example, that last year the Defense Department spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles combined. And the rapid rise is attributed less to wounded soldiers returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than to retirees buying prescriptions for ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes. There are 15 active military bases in Texas and about 1.7 million veterans, the second highest veteran concentration in the country, according to the Texas Veterans Commission. Officials with the military's health care program Tricare say Pentagon spending on drugs increased by more than 123 percent since 2002 to $6.8 billion in 2011. That was n...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-spending-on-prescrip...

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