When you come back from battle with wounds that are painful and disabling, the last thing you want is to be left in pain. The way the VA hospitals handled this was by giving out opioids, which are now known to be highly addictive pain medications.
There are around 64,000 fatal drug overdoses every year, and opioids fuel that number. The Department of Veterans Affairs did nothing to help this. In fact, a 2011 report showed that veterans were around two times more likely to die from an overdose from opiates than nonveterans.