America’s system for compensating disabled veterans is in crisis.
It encourages talented young men and women to think of themselves as disabled, driving up processing time and hindering prompt attention to severe cases where lifelong support is truly necessary. Worse, the siren’s call of disability payments is luring men and women in their prime of life out of the spirited, mission-oriented, teamwork of military service and into the isolation of a mailbox economy—waiting at home for disability checks that disconnect them from the active habits, personal satisfactions, and social linkages of self-supporting work.
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