More pointedly, Steve Robinson of Veterans for America says, in the same article:
"Why doesn't the VA have a projection of casualties for the wars? Because it would be a political bombshell for Nicholson to estimate so many casualties."
Nicholson did not help himself in last night's report by ABC Anchor Bob Woodruff (blogged earlier here). Confronted with reports that more than 200,000 vets have sought VA medical treatment, Nicholson said:
"A lot of them come in for, for dental problems, others come in for a lot of the, you know, the normal things that people have."