PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER IN via Crowdrise
December 28, 2011
BENEFITING: PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER IN
What is the cost of war? More than 8,300 US soldiers and contractors have died and 150,000 have been wounded since 2001. The total number of deaths from US involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (including allied military, civilians, opponents, humanitarians, and journalists) ranges from 224,475 to 257,655 people, with an additional 365,383 wounded.
At any given time an estimated 11.2 million people in the United States are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The psychological effects on veterans are crippling; many return to the United States and find that they are unable to work due to the trauma they have experienced. In turn, this puts a burden on the government to provide them with the necessary care. These psychological effects don’t stop at unemployment, but carry over to violent and nonviolent crimes, as well as drug abuse. “In fact, prescription drug abuse doubled among U.S. military personnel from 2002 to 2005 and almost tripled between 2005 and 2008.”
The effect that war has on families is devastating. In addition to deaths, injuries, and trauma, families are also affected by divorce rates which are rising sharply among soldiers. According to the National Priorities Project when this Letter of Inquiry was written, the cost of war in the United States since 2001 was $1,268,528,400,000 and rising. The cost that these wars will have on future generations is yet to be seen. We can guarantee that our nation will suffer from the lack of investment in schools, roads, infrastructure, and other important programs, as well as the effects of having absent or deceased family members. Additionally, we now must be concerned with the toxic effects of depleted uranium (which is used in defensive armor plating and armor-piercing projectiles) on returning veterans. Gulf War Veterans were the first military personnel to experience these effects. "Overall, the risk of any malformation among pregnancies reported by men was 50% higher in Gulf War Veterans (GWV) compared with non-GWVs."