The U.S. government lists wounded in action in Iraq as about 7,000, which is a terribly sad number. But, there is a very narrow and strict definition for what wounded in action includes.<br><br>NPR today had a story about how that number is grossly misleading, if you look at the wounded as a whole. If you consider all wounded that are "so injured or sick from a variety of causes that they've had to be taken to hospitals in Europe and the United States", then that number is close to 20,000 wounded. Its very sad for a lot of these soldiers. For example, a soldier they spoke to was seriously wounded when his truck swerved to miss a road bomb and crashed. He's wounded for life, while on duty, but he'll never see a purple heart.<br><br>You can listen here<br><br>
Excellent body armor and MASH units which can be reached in minutes adds up to a very sad fact. The casualties in this war are more wounded then in any other. Amputees. Then there are the soldiers who didn't get a nick but watched their friends get their arms and legs blown off.<br><br>The aftermath of this war will be with us for a very long time.<br><br><br><br><br>luciferase is a four nineteener
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