US Military Amputees Increase in Afghan War

Numbers are up as more go on foot patrols
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 5:50 PM CDT
In this 2010 photo, Capt. Dan Luckett of Norcross, Ga., cleans his gun in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Luckett lost his left leg and part of his right foot in a bomb blast in Iraq.   (AP Photo/Todd Pitman)

(Newser) – A new Pentagon report has some rough stats, mostly from the Afghan war:

  • The number of troops who have had amputations rose from 86 in 2009 to 187 last year. The pace continues this year, with 147 so far.
  • The number of troops who lost two or three limbs rose from 23 in 2009 to 72 last year; the figure is already 77 this year.
The vast majority of amputations are from the Afghan war, largely because of a strategy that calls for increased foot patrols, reports AP.

The Pentagon report also notes this side effect: "To some, the resultant burden on their family and loved ones seemed too much to accept, and, anecdotally, some actually developed `do not resuscitate' pacts with their battle buddies in the event of this type of injury." (Read more US military stories.)

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