Family Security Matters
Eighty-six percent of the U.S. troops who have been wounded in the war in Afghanistan incurred their injuries after January 2009, the month President Barack Obama was first inaugurated, according to the Department of Defense.
The Afghan War began on Oct. 7, 2001, and in the more than 12 years since then, 19,793 U.S. service personnel have been wounded in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country.
17,095 of those 19,793 wounded U.S. military personnel–or 86.4%–were injured between the start of February 2009 and May 2014. 2,698 of the 19,793–or 13.6 percent–were wounded between October 2001 and January 2009.
To date, 2,198 U.S. military personnel have lost their lives in the Afghanistan War, according to CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties. Among those casualties, 1,629 U.S. military personnel, or 74.1%, have died since Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009.
President Obama announced the first of his multiple increases in U.S. military personnel deployed to Afghanistan on Feb. 17, 2009.
“To meet urgent security needs, I approved a request from Secretary Gates to deploy a Marine Expeditionary Brigade later this spring and an Army Stryker Brigade and the enabling forces necessary to support them later this summer,” Obama said on Feb. 17, 2009. “This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires.”
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