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Panel: Start planning now for Iraq, Afghan vets' benefits

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The federal government estimates 1.9 million Afghanistan and Iraq veterans will need benefits by the end of the wars, and a national panel is asking the government to start planning now for their long-term health needs.

The Institute of Medicine says Congress must act soon to produce more specific projections of what these veterans and their families will need.

According to the institute, one major need will include care for veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The institute says too much is unknown regarding the best long-term treatment for these injuries.

The report says the number of veterans filing disability claims will continue to rise and peak around 2040, so future planning should begin as soon as possible.

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