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Monday, May 31, 2010
10 Things to Remember This Memorial Day
The war in Iraq is in its seventh year. The war in Afghanistan, in its ninth year, is the longest war in our history. Our thanks to AlterNet for the following information:
1. To date, there have been 90,955 documented U.S. troop casualties in the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
2. The Department of Defense last year warned that as many as 20 percent of veterans (360,000) may have suffered traumatic brain injury from IED blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3. 508,152 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are patients in the VA system. Thousands more are waiting as much as a year for VA treatment for serious ailments including traumatic brain injury.
4. Every day, five U.S. soldiers attempt suicide, a 500 percent increase since 2001.
5. Every day 18 U.S. veterans attempt suicide, more than four times the national average.
6. Female veteran suicide is rising at a rate higher than male veteran suicides.
7. A 2004 study of veterans with PTSD reported that 71 percent of women seeking treatment said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving in the military.
8. The number of U.S. service men and women killed in Afghanistan has doubled in the first quarter of 2010. compared to the same quarter last year.
9. 2,052,405 service men and women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Over 40 percent of them have been deployed two or more times.
10. Estimates of civilian deaths from violence in Iraq alone range from a conservative 105,000 (Iraq Body Count project) to over 1.2 million (UK pollster Opinion Research Business), with estimates by Johns Hopkins at 655,000.
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