What’s a veteran cost?

By Fenit Nirappil

Even as the population of veterans declines, Department of Veterans Affairs spending continues to rise. That’s according to detailed expenditure reports made available by the agency, drilling down to a state-by-state level over the past 15 years.

The Cabinet-level department’s spending mostly goes to pension payments and health care, but also job training and building facilities. Its data does not include spending on programs available to veterans through state and local governments as well as other federal agencies.