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WSJ: Small-Town US Troops Die in Higher Numbers Than Big City Counterparts

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U.S. soldiers board an Army Chinook helicopter after it brought soldiers and fresh supplies to Afghanistan's Korengal Outpost on Oct. 27, 2008. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 22 Sep 2017 11:01 PM

Soldiers from small towns with economic and social ills have reportedly born the greatest burden for America's defense since 2001, fighting and dying in greater proportions than those from more prosperous urban areas.

According to The Wall Street Journal, an analysis of Pentagon data on the hometowns of 6,800 military casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through 2016 show that 23 percent came from small towns and rural areas — even though those places make up only 17 percent of the U.S. population.

That compares with 23 percent of those killed who came from metropolitan areas of more than 1 million people, where 29 percent of Americans live.

To highlight the difficulties soldiers from those rural areas face, the Journal recounted the stories of twin brothers Chris and Mike Goski of Red Oak, Texas — Chris a Marine and Mike an Army Special Forces vet — who enlisted shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Both suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and committed suicide after their service — Chris in 2012, and twin Mike in 2016 — despite the offer of help from Gen. Raymond Thomas, who has made suicide prevention a priority in his role as commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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Soldiers from small towns with economic and social ills have reportedly born the greatest burden for America's defense since 2001, fighting and dying in greater proportions than those from more prosperous urban areas.
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