TV News LIES

Monday, May 02nd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military How Many U.S. Soldiers Were Wounded in Iraq? Guess Again

How Many U.S. Soldiers Were Wounded in Iraq? Guess Again

E-mail Print PDF

US military wounded in IraqReports about the end of the war in Iraq routinely describe the toll on the U.S. military the way the Pentagon does: 4,487 dead, and 32,226 wounded.

The death count is accurate. But the wounded figure wildly understates the number of American servicemembers who have come back from Iraq less than whole.

The true number of military personnel injured over the course of our nine-year-long fiasco in Iraq is in the hundreds of thousands -- maybe even more than half a million -- if you take into account all the men and women who returned from their deployments with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, depression, hearing loss, breathing disorders, diseases, and other long-term health problems.

We don't have anything close to an exact number, however, because nobody's been keeping track.

The much-cited Defense Department figure comes from its tally of "wounded in action" -- a narrowly-tailored category that only includes casualties during combat operations who have "incurred an injury due to an external agent or cause." That generally means they needed immediate medical treatment after having been shot or blown up. Explicitly excluded from that category are "injuries or death due to the elements, self-inflicted wounds, combat fatigue" -- along with cumulative psychological and physiological strain or many of the other wounds, maladies and losses that are most common among Iraq veterans.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Bowe Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules

Bow Bergdahl Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who faces a potential life sentence for desertion while...

Pentagon disciplines 16 of its own for Kunduz hospital airstrike

Pentagon disciplines own for hospital hitThe Pentagon has disciplined 16 service members following an airstrike that killed 42 at a Doctors...

West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year history

West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year historyPresident Barack Obama has nominated the first female dean at West Point.Col. Cindy Jebb, who has...

Federal Court won't force release of more drone-killing info

Drone strikesA federal appeals court has rebuffed an effort to force the Obama administration to release more...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!