Two veterans groups representing troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are suing the US government for "shameful failures" in medical treatment, Reuters reports. The Department of Veterans Affairs is swamped with a backlog of 600,000 health claims and is "abandoning" soldiers returning home, the class-action suit contends.
Veterans have died waiting for medical care, and combat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder—many of them after serving multiple tours—are not getting treatment, according to the suit, which represents some 12,000 veterans. "Unless systemic and drastic measures are instituted immediately, the costs to these veterans will be incalculable," the suit states. (Read more veterans stories.)