He noted that the higher survival rates of wounded warriors and the larger proportion of veterans diagnosed with mental health disorders in the current conflicts likely would make the costs higher than in previous wars.
A group of 30 prominent economists, including former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alan Blinder and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, wrote political leaders Tuesday urging the extension of unemployment benefits, noting that it is a "sensible" way to maintain spending in the economy and it would add to the deficit only temporarily until people find jobs.
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