Iraq, Afghanistan veterans sue US government over health care horrors July 24, 2007 Hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against the US government for providing them with deficient medical and financial support. They accused the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of violating the constitutional rights of war veterans who have to face a bureaucratic nightmare that leaves claims pending for up to 10 years. "The delays have become an insurmountable barrier preventing many veterans from obtaining health care and benefits," the plaintiffs said in their 11-page complaint filed at a US District Court in San Francisco. The Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth Inc. complained on behalf of "hundreds of thousands of men and women who have suffered grievous injuries," alleging the system for deciding VA claims "has largely collapsed." "The huge influx of injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has overwhelmed the VA's outmoded systems for providing medical care and disability benefits," the complaint said. In addition, it said the VA's "archaic systems are structurally unsuitable for dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," which afflicts many war veterans. The veterans charge the VA with deliberately tricking some PTSD sufferers by having them acknowledge pre-existing personality disorders in order to avoid giving them benefits. "Unless systematic and drastic measures are instituted immediately," the complaint said, "the costs to these veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increases in drug abuse and alcoholism ..." The difficulties injured war veterans have to face at home caught the US public's attention earlier this year when the media reported on scandalous conditions at Washington's Walter Reed military hospital Will this happen here?