U.S. service members have undergone 1,700 amputations since 2001

02/11/2013 | Wired.com

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in more than 1,700 life-altering limb amputations, according to a recent congressional study. Among service members who served in Afghanistan, 696 experienced the amputation of a "major limb," such as a leg, and nearly 800 Iraq war veterans have had a similar limb loss. Amputations that are considered "minor" -- involving a partial foot or finger, among other areas -- have occurred in 194 Iraq veterans and 28 Afghanistan veterans.

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