Other Numbers

Cross Posted From Article of Faith:

Pamela posted about the 600,000 + civilians who have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion below. Here are a few more numbers for you this morning:

Nearly one in five soldiers leaving the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan has been at least partly disabled as a result of service.

The number of veterans granted disability compensation, more than 100,000 to date, suggests we have only begun to pay the long-term financial cost of the two conflicts.

About 567,000 of the 1.5 million American troops who have served so far have been discharged. If the current proportions held up over time, 400,000 returning service members could eventually apply for disability benefits when they retired.

About 30,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have sought treatment for post traumatic stress, which afflicts soldiers who have been under fire or in prolonged danger of attack.

About 15,000 civilian violent deaths are being recorded each month in Iraq.

U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq number 2747, 2610 of whom died after “Mission Accomplished” was declared 5/1/03.

Official estimates list the number of wounded U.S. soldiers at 20,468, with unofficial estimates running as high as 48,000.

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3 Responses to Other Numbers

  1. janet says:

    This just makes me sick to my stomach. All of this is so against humanity. 655,000 dead in Iraq tranlates to 2 1/2% of their entire population—wiped out.

    And as a child of a WW2 veteran, I know the long lasting effects war can have on families even without any overt injury. A million families in our country may have devastating consequences from all of this.

    Aren’t we such a beacon of life and liberty in the world????

  2. Ginny Cotts says:

    Thanks Todd.

    One of the other unknown numbers is the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) total. This has become the ‘signature injury’ for this war. Those who sustained other injuries are often diagnosed. The problem is TBI can occur because of the shockwave of a nearby explosion – especially multiple shockwaves. So TBI can be a separate injury, it is likely to be superimposed on PTSD. Both of them ‘hidden wounds’.

    TBI can cause enough loss of memory and other brain damage to interfere with daily living.

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