Since 2001, our armed forces have documented over 50,000 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 and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Ft. Bragg alone has sustained nearly 800 deaths and more than 3,000 wounded or injured soldiers. That's 8 percent of the nation's total casualties originating from one geographic location.
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 operations in Afghanistan.