Time for a rest for our military men and women.
"About 6,650 Americans have died in those two wars, as have 1,390 allied personnel, Canadians prominent among them."
"More than 50,000 Americans have been wounded in battle since 9/11 — 16,000 of them so seriously that they would certainly have died had they suffered an equivalent wound in any prior conflict."
"Because the post-9/11 wars have lasted so long, soldiers have been exposed to the risks of combat again and again and again. Troops are rotated into combat zones, out of them and then back in again. One authoritative study found that the accumulating strain had inflicted post-traumatic stress disorder on as many as one-fifth of all U.S. troops who had served in the Afghanistan and Iraq theatres."