Today, United States Military confirmed the death toll in Iraq reached 2500 service members since March 2003. According to the Pentagon totals, there have been 1,972 service members killed in action in Iraq, and another 528 died from other non-hostile causes. There also have been 18,490 troops wounded in action, including 8,501 who did not return to duty.

So far, five U.S. soldiers have died in Afhgnaistan, according to the Department of Defense Press Release. Not included in the total are the two Fort Drum soldiers that were killed in Afghanistan this week. CNN.com did not cover this news but luckily, BBCnews.com did. I assume there is a blackout on communication until all of the families are notified because I have not heard from my husband since last week.It is my guess that the average American is jaded by the news of Iraq and Afghanistan and would much rather hear news about the offspring of Bradgelina or Brit-Brit and K-Fed but I can’t help but feel frustrated that the average American has no idea just how many men and women are dying overseas. Maybe I am wrong…

* Originally posted at The Sour Patch Kid Experiment (deleted 2007) on June 15, 2006.

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