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    Iraq War Deaths Exceed Vietnam War Numbers

    Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

    By Gary Vey for viewzone

    More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans. This probably is news to you. But the truth has been hidden by a technicality. So here is the truth.

    The casualties in the Vietnam War were pretty simple to understand. If a soldier was dead from his combat tour, he was a war casualty. There are 58,195 names recorded on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Some of these brave men died in the jungles of Vietnam while others died in Medivac units or hospitals in Japan and America. A dead soldier can surrender his life anywhere in his service to his country. It really doesn't matter where this happens. The location of a soldier's death in now way colors his sacrifice to his country.

    But something odd has happened with the Iraq War. The government, under the Bush administration, did something dishonest that resulted in a lie that's persisted since the war began -- and continues to this very day. They decided to report the war deaths in Iraq only if the soldier died with his boots on the ground in a combat situation.

    What's the difference, you might ask?

    The combat in Vietnam was in rural areas, far removed from medical treatment centers. Injured soldiers were treated by a Medic. Most died at the scene of the battle before they could be evacuated. Many died on route or were declared dead at the medical treatment facilities. The situation in Iraq is vastly different.

    Fighting in Iraq is mainly in urban areas. Soldiers who are injured are quickly evacuated with armored personnel carriers or helicopters. It's a much more efficient system than what was possible in Vietnam, but for those that are seriously injured it means that death is more likely to happen while they are in transit or at the treatment facility.

    Under the new reporting system, deaths that happen en route or post evacuation are not counted as combat deaths. This is why the number seems unusually low -- a little over four thousand as of 2009.

    The actual figures have been hidden from the American public just like the returning, flag draped coffins were censored from the press. But the figures are now available and we can only hope that the American people will be outraged when they learn how they have been misled.

    According to The Department of Veterans Affairs, as of May 2007, reports in the Gulf War Veterans Information System reveal these startling numbers:

    Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
    * Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
    * Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

    The stastics for non-lethal injuries are likewise staggering:

    Total "Undiagnosed Illness" (UDX) claims: 14,874
    Total number of disability claims filed: 1,620,906
    * Disability Claims amongst Deployed: 407,911
    * Disability Claims amongst Non-Deployed: 1,212,995

    Percentage of combat troops that filed Disability Claims 36%

    I know you probably will think this is another conspiracy theory -- I did when I first heard about this -- so please read the original report for yourself.
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    The guys I served with who were injured in iraq and died in a U.S. or German hospital are listed as KIA. They are counted in the 4000+

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