THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR
Artist: Tony Woolner
Writer: Gayle Gleckler
Wounded Warriors from the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War. And now the Afghanistan and Iraq War…have given their lives, limbs, minds and emotions for our great country. Since 9/11, 2.4 million brave.
American men and women have been deployed around the world to defend our country.
The percentage of those returning with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is staggering. As these numbers continue to grow, it becomes more and more difficult for warriors to access timely and effective mental health care.
These are the staggering numbers from the American Wars:
American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Deaths - 4,435 Wounded - 6,188
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
Deaths - 286,730 Wounded - 4,505
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Deaths - 13,382 Wounded - 4,152
Civil War (1861-1865)
Deaths/Union 2,213,363 Wounded 281,881
Confederate Deaths - 74,524 Wounded Unknown
Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
Deaths - 2,3446 Wounded - 1,662
Deaths - 116,516 Wounded - 204,002
Deaths - 405,399 Wounded - 670,846
Living Veterans 1,711,000
Korean War (1950-1953)
Deaths - 84,246 Wounded - 103,284
Living Veterans 2,275,000
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Deaths - 90,220 Wounded - 153,303
Living Veterans 7,391,000
Desert Storm (1990-1991)
Deaths - 1,948 wounded 467
Living Veterans 2,244,583
Iraq/Afghanistan War (2001- )
Deaths - 4,626 Wounded - 1 million
The 1 million wounded warriors doesn't reflect the increase of catastrophic injuries. 50,000, are considered polytrauma patients with 1600 brain injuries, 1,400 amputees,and 900 severely burned.
We need to reflect not only on our brave soldiers’ sacrifice, but the millions of spouses, children, parents, siblings, and cousins.
We will never forget our American soldiers and their families’ great loss to keep our great country free.
The Invisible Wounds of War.