"Martyrdom Denied" in Iraq painted by veteran Elzie Golden of life in Mosul, Iraq 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Courtesy of the National Constitution Center, Art of the American Soldier).

“As of September 30, 2006, more than 50,500 US soldiers have suffered non-mortal wounds in Iraq, Afghanistan and nearby staging locations —a ratio of 16 wounded servicemen for every fatality. This is by far the highest killed-to-wounded ratio in US history.”

(The Long-term Costs of Providing Veterans Medical Care and Disability Benefits, 2007)