Since 2001, our armed forces have documented nearly 60,000 casualties in the Global War on Terrorism (deaths, wounds, and injuries). On top of this, the Veterans Administration reports there are additional hundreds of thousands of veterans suffering from the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This war has left a huge backlog of shattered families who will need assistance for decades to come.
Ft. Bragg alone has documented nearly 700 deaths and 3,000 wounded or injured soldiers. That's 6 percent of the nation's total casualties originating from one geographic location. When the avalanche of PTSD and TBI cases acknowledged by the Veterans Administration is factored in, the total casualty number from soldiers who had been attached to Ft. Bragg could be 30,000.
Despite America's recent withdrawal of troops in Iraq, this war is still being fought by 68,000 troops in Afghanistan. Additionally, although we will draw down our troop levels in 2014, our country has recently established a 10-year "Enduring Strategic Partnership" agreement with Afghanistan, whereby United States Special Operations Forces will continue support of operations in Afghanistan.