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Cost of War: 250,000 Brain Injuries, 1,700 Amputations

Here are indications of the lingering costs of 11 years of warfare. Nearly 130,000 U.S. troops have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and vastly more have experienced brain injuries. Over 1,700 have undergone life-changing limb amputations. Over 50,000 have been wounded in action. As of Wednesday, 6,656 U.S. troops and Defense Department civilians have died.

That updated data (.pdf) comes from a new Congressional Research Service report into military casualty statistics that can sometimes be difficult to find — and even more difficult for American society to fully appreciate. It almost certainly understates the extent of the costs of war.

Start with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Counting since 2001 across the U.S. military services, 129,731 U.S. troops have been diagnosed with the disorder since 2001. The vast majority of those, nearly 104,000, have come from deployed personnel.

Source: Wired. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    Before it gets too scary, check the link at the bottom of the article:
    "The PTSD Trap: Our Overdiagnosis of PTSD In Vets Is Enough to Make You Sick"

  • Lyle||

    No war ever again. If they're coming to take your liberty, just give war. War is just too high a cost.

  • Lyle||

    give up

  • Sevo||

    Lyle| 2.8.13 @ 9:20PM |#
    "No war ever again. If they're coming to take your liberty, just give war. War is just too high a cost."

    Nope. Defensive war is both proper and desirable.

  • Lyle||

    Yep, I agree. I was being facetious.

  • MSimon||

    Islam has been at war with the world for 1400 years. With the United states since before 1785. Jefferson had a discussion with a representative of the Bey of Algiers, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, in 1785 about it. He went to war with the Islamic Pirates when he was President.

    So how exactly do you stop such a war?

    Islam has the answer. Submit.

  • Sevo||

    MSimon| 2.9.13 @ 3:39AM |#
    "So how exactly do you stop such a war?"

    Claiming to be at war with me /= being at war with me.
    Ignore them, unless they physically attack. And then beat the crap out of them and ignore the again.