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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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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