Today is our 2,939th day in Iraq and our 3,467th 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): 4443
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4304
Since Handover (6/29/04): 354
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 215
Since Operation New Dawn: 25
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,521
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 867
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $ 1, 175, 672, 100, 000 .00
If you follow Paul Rieckhoff on facebook, then you've had a ringside seat to a quiet epidemic that is sweeping the veteran's community. The suicide rate among returning veterans continues to rise...and this past week IAVA lost one of their own.