Published Thursday, October 11, 2012
Oct. 7 was just another Sunday. The weather cool, somewhat sunny. If you read the Newnan Times-Herald or AJC, there was no mention of the anniversary. There was no mention of the anniversary during the presidential debate.
It’s been 11 years since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Since the war began, more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died, more than 20,000 Afghan citizens have died, 18,000 NATO soldiers wounded, more than 100,000 veterans now being treated for PTSD, and soldiers suicides reached an all-time high (this also includes Iraq war).
Now, commanders at Fort Carson, Colo., home to the highly-decorated 4th Infantry Division, 5th Armor Brigade, 759th Military Police Battalion, 10th Special Group and many others, have admitted that 40 percent of all the soldiers at Fort Carson have some type of brain injuries that were missed by the Army health screenings — all attributed to Afghan and Iraq wars.
This past week in Washington, it was announced at least $55 billion is needed for veterans’ health care, which includes only Iraq and Afghan wars.
Sunday, Oct.7 was just another Sunday. Some of us who are veterans and have families that lost love ones in the war will never forgot.
Rick Page, Newnan