An article entitled, "Government disability payments skyrocketing despite fewer veterans" appeared in the Washington Times in August.
Representative Michael Michaud, a Maine Democrat candidate for governor and ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committed, was mentioned in the article. The article indicated Michaud "requested the CBO report to examine how to minimize the skyrocketing costs of disability payments, according to a committee staffer."
Veterans from recent wars have higher rates of disabilities than previous wars' disabled veterans. Reasons for high rates of disabilities among veterans include multiple deployments, high rates of mental illness, the older age of reservists called to active duty, and injuries from environmental dangers, such as burn pits.