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Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable
Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable

Jack Behunin received welcome news last year from the Department of Veterans Affairs: Due to war-related medical conditions, he was being declared unfit to work, boosting his tax-free monthly disability compensation from $1,850 to $3,000. Not that he had any interest in a job. A World War II veteran in Burbank, he is 90 years old. His case is not an aberration. Senior citizens have helped make the benefit — known as individual unemployability — one of the fastest-growing expenditures in the VA disability system. The number of "unemployable" veterans has nearly tripled since 2000, to 321,451, with the majority at ages when most people have already stopped...

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