Today is our 2,281st day in Iraq.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4313
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4174
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3852
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3454
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 85
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 704
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 478
Journalists - Iraq: 138
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,306
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $ 868, 774, 200, 000 ,00
Here at "Ask a Vet", we often tend to focus on political issues, the machinations in Washington or Baghdad, or more often than not, the challenges facing our men and women in uniform and what they can expect upon their return. "Ask a Vet" in its original incarnation back on 'Unfiltered' was just that...a returning soldier from Iraq would go on the air and take questions from the listeners.
Although we have no way of doing that on the blog, here we often tend to lose focus on than human element. So today, I have a story that might take us back to our roots just a little bit. The GOP has made hay out of how unpatriotic and subversive we all are up here in the 'liberal northeast'....but we send soldiers overseas to fight and die too. Here's one family's story
from Cape Cod.