On August 31st, when President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom — the U.S. combat mission in Iraq — he was marking the end of a 7-year war that had taken the lives of more than 4,400 troops and cost U.S. taxpayers $750 billion.
While Iraq is still plagued with insurgent attacks, sectarian violence and political turmoil, most of the 144,000 U.S. troops that were in Iraq when Obama took office had already been withdrawn by the time he delivered his remarks from the Oval Office in August. 50,000 will remain to “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces until the end of 2011.
[share align=”right”]Do returning troops receive adequate support?[/share]With reports that more than 35,000 Iraq vets have been seriously wounded during service and that a third of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are reporting symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression or traumatic brain injury, we are left to wonder, what is life like for service personnel when they return home?
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Gen. Wesley Clark on Returning Troops
“…some of these soldiers are going to end up going back on a repetitive tour, not to Iraq, but this time to Afghanistan. That depends on what happens in Afghanistan, and that’s a function not only of our military on the ground but also of the fact that we’re caught between the insecurities of Pakistan and the insecurities of India…”