Today is our 2,841st day in Iraq and our 3,369th day in Afghanistan.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars...courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4429
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4290
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3570
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 201
Since Operation New Dawn: 11
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,442
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 833
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $ 1, 127, 748, 800, 000 .00
It's been a quiet week on the veteran's front. Last week, we reported on some of the successes achieved by the lame duck Congress...but as we wait for the incoming Republicans we can only hope that the work continues. I'm not optimistic, however.
IAVA is taking a well-deserved holiday break, so we'll check back in with them again in the new year.