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December 16, 2011 5:00 AM

Veteran benefits inflate rising cost of war

Military history professor David Holden is one of more than 3,170 former military personnel in the six-county area — including Leavenworth County — who spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan and now receive monthly VA disability checks. And that is a number guaranteed to grow as the number of veterans return home, settle into civilian lives and age.

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