Numbers: Jul. 11, 2005

970,000

Estimated number of AIDS patients receiving anti-HIV drugs under the World Health Organization's "3 by 5" initiative, which aims to place 3 million patients on therapy by the end of 2005

6

Months the program is behind schedule, surprising public-health officials by getting so close to such an ambitious goal

103,000

Veterans needing medical treatment after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, four times the number the Veterans Administration (VA) had budgeted for this year

$273 million

Portion of the $1 billion shortfall in the VA's budget--which Congress scrambled to cover last week--attributed to those two wars

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