FILE - In this Saturday, April 21, 2012 file photo, U.S. Army 

FILE - In this Saturday, April 21, 2012 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Adam Keys, left, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, is greeted by hundreds of community members during a homecoming ceremony at Cementon Park in Whitehall Township, Pa. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for disabilities they say are service-related - more than double the 21 percent who filed such claims after some previous wars, according to top government officials. The new veterans have different types of injuries than previous veterans did, in part because improvised bombs have been the main weapon and because body armor and improved battlefield care allowed many of them to survive wounds that in past wars proved fatal. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith, File)
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 21, 2012 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Adam Keys, left, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, is greeted by hundreds of community members during a homecoming ceremony at Cementon Park in Whitehall Township, Pa. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for disabilities they say are service-related - more than double the 21 percent who filed such claims after some previous wars, according to top government officials. The new veterans have different types of injuries than previous veterans did, in part because improvised bombs have been the main weapon and because body armor and improved battlefield care allowed many of them to survive wounds that in past wars proved fatal. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith, File)
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