The true number of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan totals no less than 176,772 when one tabulates the dead and wounded, those who have required evacuation due to injury or illness, and private contractors on the U.S. payroll.
U.S. troops dead and wounded: 50,031
U.S. troops requiring medical evacuation: 55,252
Private contractors dead and wounded: 71,4891
If these numbers are manipulated to their minimums, the total numbers for U.S. casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are scandalously-ignored and underreported. Tragically, beyond these numbers are hundreds of thousands more Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran patients being treated at the VA, "a tidal wave of casualties," according to Paul Sullivan, Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense (VCS),2 which consists of nearly 10,000 new patients each month.
This grim tally does not yet begin to account for the hundreds of thousands of direct civilian casualties, the hundreds of thousands more who have died due to illnesses and lack of adequately staffed, supplied, and equipped medical facilities, or the millions of displaced civilians and refugees.
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1 "Defense Base Act Case Summary Reports." U.S. Department of Labor. March 31, 2011.
2 VCS has testified before Congress more than 20 times about the causes, conduct, and consequences of war. Please download and distribute the VCS fact sheets and reports, which include VA data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.