Leftovers from Afghanistan and Iraq Wars: 1,558 Amputations; 7,224 Severe Brain Injuries; 118,829 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

All Gov – by Noel Brinkerhoff

The American toll from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be contemplated in many different ways, thanks to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

A new CRS report (pdf) has provided a human accounting not only of how many service personnel died in the two conflicts, but of the many kinds of serious, life-long injuries with which thousands returned home.   

A total of 1,558 soldiers endured major limb amputations as a result of battlefield injuries. Major limb amputations include the loss of one or more limbs, the loss of one or more partial limbs, or the loss of one or more full or partial hand or foot, according to the CRS.

Considerably more military personnel suffered “severe or penetrating brain injuries”— 7,224.  Another 23,319 men and women were diagnosed with “moderate” brain injuries.

When “mild” and “not classifiable” cases are factored in, nearly 288,000 total brain injury cases were reported among all military personnel deployed and not deployed.

Then there are the post-traumatic stress disorder cases. The military and the Department of Veterans Affairs are currently trying to help 118,829 individuals who made it back with this mental disorder.

The CRS report also provided a demographic breakdown of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan (so far).

The Iraq campaign resulted in 4,476 American deaths. Female personnel accounted for 110 of the fatalities; the rest were men.

The vast majority of Iraq war deaths were Caucasian (3,697), followed by 444 blacks,

230 Hispanics, and 78 Asians.

In Afghanistan, there have been 2,299 military deaths as of January 6, of whom 49 were female. The ethnic composition is as follows: 1,953 whites, 188 blacks, 92 Hispanics, 63 Asians, and others.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


8 thoughts on “Leftovers from Afghanistan and Iraq Wars: 1,558 Amputations; 7,224 Severe Brain Injuries; 118,829 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

  1. No mention of the suicides. I’d read elsewhere that they outnumber the combat deaths, but they may be combined in the figures we’re given here.

    It’s a real shame that so many guys who wanted to serve their country wound up dead or maimed for Zionist greed instead.

    You have to explain this to 18 year-old guys if you know any. Many kids are signing up because there are no jobs available, and joining the military gets them off Mom’s food bill, and let’s ’em send a few bucks home. It’s called the “economic draft”, and it grinds up good kids for no good reason.

    1. Yes JR,it is a sick trick that the govt./militry is useing to play on them 18 yr olds.
      I would lke to know just how many politicions kids are doing the so called right thing by haveing their sons and daughters going out to get exposed to DU and getting their limbs blown` off.
      Yea, that mitt romneys kids come to mind – he has a bunch of kids that are of age that should be right out there.

        1. Yes Paul, I do not even remember of even one of those politicions kids being hit with that DU – depleted uranium – or getting their limbs blown off. There may be one or perhaps two but I do not even remember hearing of even one .

          1. That picture… Shaking the hand of the man largely responsible for their missing limbs.

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