Military Spends $36 Million a Year on Weight Loss Surgeries for Dependents

Monday, November 07, 2011

While soldiers rely on diet and exercise to stay fit for service, their wives have been receiving weight-loss surgeries, compliments of the Department of Defense.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, local news station KIRO 7 in Seattle discovered that the military has spent an average of $36 million annually over a ten-year period on procedures like gastric bypass, lap-band, tummy tuck and others. The average procedure costs $17,963.
The cumulative number from 2001 to 2010 is staggering: $363 million. The U.S. Army spent $186 million, the Air Force $75 million, the U.S. Navy $73 million, and the Marine Corps $22 million. Coast Guard dependents tallied another $7 million worth of procedures.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Military Spends $363,000,000 on Weight Loss Surgery (by Chris Halsne, KIRO 7-TV, CBS-Seattle)


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