The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are more than topics of debate among presidential candidates. With almost 4,000 American casualties in Iraq, undoubtedly many of us have experienced personal loss or know someone who has. Yet, for those of us who have not personally felt the tragedy of war, it's hard to understand just how people are affected when our country is at war.
Unlike Vietnam, young men are not compelled by the draft to fight. Unlike World War II, our national economy has not been asked to direct all resources and energy toward the war effort. For those of us not asked to make a personal sacrifice, it is all too easy to change the channel when news of car bombings, downed helicopters or countless civilian deaths come across our television screen.
Please share your stories. How have the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan impacted your daily life?