The news media has focused on reporting the number of Americans who have died in the war in Iraq but doesn’t say a lot about the numbers who have been wounded, more than 7,300 and rising. When you combine that number with the increase in requests for benefits from the nearly 150,000 National Guard members who are now on active duty, the Department of Veteran Affairs doesn’t have the resources to keep up.
So, this leads to two questions I would ask W at the "town meeting" later this week. First, how can you say everything is going well in Iraq when the number of wounded solders is high and the casualty rate is climbing? Second, how can you say that you support the troops when your budget for the new fiscal year cuts funding for Veterans Affairs at a time they obviously need more help not less?