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Rethinking The Cost of War

This story was co-published with The Virginian-Pilot. There are many ways to measure the cost of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War: In bombs (7 million tons), in dollars ($760 billion in today’s dollars) and in bodies (58,220). Then there‚Äôs the price of caring for those who survived: Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs spends more than $23 billion …