There are about 40,000 paralyzed veterans who suffer from spinal dysfunction as a result of war injuries and use wheelchairs. Only about 30% of these disabled individuals are currently employed because many employers do not want to incur the additional costs of training and providing special accommodations required by disabled individuals.
The Pentagon reported that, since the advent of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through March, 2008, there have been over 78,000 American men and women wounded, injured, and ill from the wars. In addition, over 320,000 vets experienced traumatic brain injury while deployed in these wars. These vets were hospitalized for a brief period and then sent home to recuperate. The burden of caring for such vets fell on their parents, spouses, and other family members. An additional 200,000 became homeless as a result of mental and physical injuries from the wars.
In this economy it is reasonable to assume that the chances of such injured veterans finding employment are slim to none.
Although many of them qualify for disability benefits, the amount of payments received is barely sufficient for survival. In many cases the veterans are forced into foreclosure of their homes and applying for welfare.