On Veterans Day: The Other 1%
On this day, it is sobering to put into perspective the costs to our veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.*
About 2.5 million Americans are military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Over 6,650 American military personnel have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At least 6,300 “civilian contractors” have been killed, but those deaths have been much harder to track because they are multinational and employed by both the U.S. military, civilian agencies, and private corporations. As the number of “civilian contractors” has exceeded the number of American military personnel in both nations, the numbers of deaths among those “contractors” has increased proportionately.
More than 23,000 Iraqi and Afghan military personnel, fighting alongside U.S. troops, have died in these wars. There is no credible count of the wounded among those allied troops.
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