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Thursday, April 17, 2008


Did I say 75,000 casualties? Think again.

The other day I wrote about how US casualties had reached 75,000 in Iraq and Afghanistan, although after factoring in people being treated by the VA back home, the number jumps to somewhere between 195,000 and 375,000.

It turns out that isn't half the story:

About 300,000 U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, but about half receive no care, an independent study said on Thursday.
And that's not all!
The study by the RAND Corp. also estimated that another 320,000 troops have sustained a possible traumatic brain injury during deployment.
I'm sure I don't need to point out that those figures are to date (or to some recent date, anyway). By the time Obama or Clinton or McCain is ready to get the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, they'll be a lot higher.

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