“The War Comes Home”

COST OF WAR – The Cost of War Project at Brown University seeks to chronicle the toll that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken on all involved parties, combatants and civilians alike. With the generous permission of Professor Catherine Lutz, co-director of the Project, the P-WW is privileged to include this paper in its archive. The findings in this paper — about the fates of US military veterans and their families — offers a series of disheartening conclusions, such as “Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are 75 percent more likely to die in car crashes than comparable civilians” and “By 2008, more than 2 million American children have coped with a parent going to these wars. As many as one half million of those children may have become clinically depressed.” How can we fix what happens to those who serve this country?

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