This is a tragic and sad story, but I fear we don't hear enough about the cost of this war, outside of dollars and cents. It is rare to even hear the casualty numbers these days (currently 3,774 Americans, 4072 total for coalition; source: icasualties.org).
With all the talk of the "surge," its alleged success, and the likely continuation of this war at least until then end of 2008, I think it's important to expose ourselves to the uncomfortable facts of war.
Brain Damage Plagues Thousands of GIs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9) - The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: a "silent epidemic" of brain-damaged soldiers.
Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science. . .
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