Sounds like Danny Zwerdling from NPR has got himself (together with ProPublica) a nice story about the military perhaps fudging on the benefits of aftercare for military brain injuries because it isn''t too eager to pay the cost of aftercare for military brain injuries. At least he has caught the attention of Senator Claire McCaskill who apparently thinks the story has legs enough to justify a Congressional hearing.
Yes, yes, I know this may turn out to be just the gleam in a reporter's eye but it does occur to me: in counting the costs of a war, you would want to count the cost of all damage inflicted on soldiers (and, hey, civilians) whether or not we own up to liability for that cost, not so? If the military pays it, that's a cost. If the military doesn't pay, and the patient pays, that's still a cost. If the militasry doesn't pay and the patient can't pay, that's still a cost, not so? And if nobody pays because there is no potentially effective treatment and the
Afterthought: recall my rotten-attitude doctor. I'm sure a major source of his ill humor was that he was limping along on Army wages (he was a de facto draftee) when he could have been out knocking back the big bucks. I'm sure he counted that as a cost.