In addition to the money spent by the Pentagon, Crawford says the report captures the “war-related spending by the Department of State, past as well as obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt incurred to pay for the wars, as well as the prevention of as well as response to terrorism by the Department of Homeland Security.”
the idea breaks down like This kind of, according to Crawford as well as the report:
- Total U.S. war-related spending through fiscal year 2019 will be $4.9 trillion.
- The various other $1 trillion reflects estimates for the cost of health care for post-9/11 veterans.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs will be responsible for serving more than 4.3 million veterans by 2039.
What’s more, longer wars will also increase the number of service members who will ultimately claim veterans benefits as well as disability payments.
The U.S. government spent $4.1 trillion during fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, according to the Treasury Department.
The Defense Department accounted for 14.7 percent of of which, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs accounted for 4.4 percent.
Correction: This kind of story has been updated to reflect of which the cost has been $5.9 trillion, according to the study.