A MOUNTING DEATH TOLL: RECALCULATING THE “LEAST COSTLY WAR”
On paper, Operation Desert Storm seemed, in 1991, to be history’s least costly war, in terms of American lives — with only 383 dead.
Since then, however, Gulf veterans’ deaths have surged far beyond those of other Americans of similar age. And projections for the next decade paint an even grimmer picture.
Gulf War deaths, official total
VA-reported Gulf veteran deaths
|2002||VA-reported Gulf veteran deaths||10,324|
Includes 8,013 from those in the conflict itself and 2,311 from those in the theater.
*Estimate provided by a VA source to former U.S. Air Force Captain and flight nurse Joyce Riley.
Projected Gulf veteran deaths