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Fallen Soldiers' Families Denied Cash as Insurers Profit

     By David Evans
     AP / Bloomberg - 28 July 2010

The package arrived at Cindy Lohmanís home in Great Mills, Maryland, just two weeks after she learned that her son, Ryan, a 24-year-old Army sergeant, had been killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. It was a thick, 9-inch-by- 12-inch envelope from Prudential Financial Inc., which handles life insurance for the Department of Veterans Affairs. (more ...)

[NOTE: Everyone should read this article. especially military families and federal employees. The article is about ten pages in length.]

Thousands of Vets Miss Out on Better Benefits

     By Kevin Murer
     AP / TIME Magazine - 2 April 2010

(WILMINGTON, N.C.) - Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed claims.

As of mid-March, only 921 vets have applied out of the 77,000 the Pentagon estimates are eligible, according to numbers provided to The Associated Press by the Physical Disability Board of Review. The panel was created in 2008 but started taking cases in January 2009. (more ...)

How Much Longer?

4,387

(As of 2 April 2010)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.

1033

(As of 2 April 2010)
United States Service Personnel Died
in the Afganistan Region.

The Sacrifice Continues ...

4,339

(As of 3 September 2009)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.

738

(As of 3 September 2009)
United States Service Personnel Died
in the Afganistan Region.

3,830

(As of 17 October 2007)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.

Memorial Day - 2007
The Sacrifice Goes On ...

3,445

(As of 28 May 2007)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.
26,188 have been wounded.

2601

(As of 14 August 2006)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.
19,323 have been wounded.

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a website that tracks official reports.

(As of 19 January 2006)
2222 US Killed
More than 16,420 have been wounded.

(As of 8 November 2005)
2051 US Killed
More than 14,000 have been wounded.

(As of 20 September 2005)
1905 US Killed
More than 14,000 have been wounded.

(As of 17 February 2005)
1469 US Killed
More than 10,700 have been wounded.

(As of 26 January 2005)
1407 US Killed

(As of 8 November 2004)
1130 US Killed


American Deaths in Iraq
Pass Somber Milestone

1003

(As of 8 September 2004)
United States Service Personnel Died
in Iraq Since March 2003.


(As of 11 May 2004)
773 US Killed and more than 4100 have been wounded.

(As of 11 March 2004)
556 US Killed and more than 3000 have been wounded.

(As of 16 December 2003)
472 US Killed.

(As of 21 September 2003)
304 US Killed.
 50 UK Killed.
  2 Other.

US Wounded: 1234 (in action); 316 (non-action); TOTAL Wounded: 1550
US Wounded in last week: 28

(As of 5 August 2003)
52 killed by hostile fire - Since May 1, when President G. W. Bush called an end to combat operations - according to Pentagon figures.

112 - total of deaths from all causes is much higher.

The other unreported cost of the war for the United States is the number of wounded - 827.

But unofficial figures put the total in the thousands. Many of the wounded have lost limbs.

The number of US combat deaths since the start of the war is 166, which is 19 more than the toll in the first Gulf war.

42 - British Killed as of 17 July 2003

See article below from The Guardian via The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia for complete details.

Death Marches at Doubletime in Iraq But US Public Unaware
     By Julian Borger in Washington
     The Sydney Morning Herald - 5 August 2003

"United States military casualties in Iraq are running at more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe they are. The public is largely unaware of a high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths.

Since May 1, when President George Bush called an end to combat operations, 52 of his troops have been killed by hostile fire, according to Pentagon figures.

But the total of deaths from all causes is much higher at 112.

The other unreported cost of the war for the United States is the number of wounded - 827.

But unofficial figures put the total in the thousands. Many of the wounded have lost limbs.

The number of US combat deaths since the start of the war is 166, which is 19 more than the toll in the first Gulf war.

The passing of that benchmark last month scotched the perception that the US had scored an easy victory. The death toll this time is 248 when accidents and suicides are included.

According to a Gallup poll, 63 per cent of Americans still think Iraq was worth going to war over, but a quarter want the troops out now, and another third want a withdrawal if the casualty figures mount.

Military observers say it is unusual, even in a "low-intensity" guerilla war, for non-combat deaths to outnumber combat casualties.

The Pentagon does not tabulate the cause of those deaths, but according to Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a website that tracks official reports, 23 US soldiers have died in car or helicopter accidents since May 1, and 12 have been killed in accidents with weapons or explosives.

Three deaths have been categorised as possible suicides, three have died from illness and three from drowning. The rest are unexplained.

Wounded US soldiers continue to be flown back to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington at a relentless rate.

The Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington was so overwhelmed by the influx that it had taken over beds normally reserved for cancer patients, a CBS report said.

The Pentagon figure for wounded in action in Iraq is 827, but here again the total of injuries appears much higher.

The estimate given by central command in Qatar is 926, but Lieutenant-Colonel Allen DeLane, in charge of the airlift of wounded into Andrews Air Force Base, argues that too is understated. "Since the war has started, I can't give you an exact number because that's classified information, but I can say to you over 4000 have stayed here at Andrews, and that number doubles when you count the people that come here to Andrews and then we send them to other places . . ." Colonel DeLane told National Public Radio.

Ninety per cent of injuries were directly war-related, he said.

"When the facility where I'm at started absorbing the people coming back from theatre [in April], those numbers went up significantly - I'd say over 1200. That number even went up higher in the month of May, to about 1500, and continues to increase."

The Guardian - (Article....)

Weapon Threat not the Motive for War, Ex-spy Says
     By Tom Allard, Foreign Affairs Writer
     The Sydney Morning Herald - 10 June 2003

"Australia's premier intelligence analysis agency told the Federal Government that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction threat was not the prime motive for the United States going to war against Iraq, a former intelligence officer said yesterday.

It was regarded as a "secondary issue", less important than regime change and reshaping the Middle East by putting in place a pro-US government in an oil-rich country and introducing democracy to the region." (more....)

~ Recommened Reading ~

"The Invisible Patriots"(c)
or
"The 2nd American Revolution"(c)
By Norman Chenoweth

His book was released April 2005. Read Chapter One


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