Increase in Veteran Amputations, Genital Injuries in Afghanistan War

08 Oct 2011

The war in Afghanistan, which has already taken a deadly toll on our veterans in deaths and debilitating injuries, is continuing to destroy lives. According to the U.S. military, there has been an increase in the number of veterans suffering genital injuries, arm and leg amputations, as well as multiple limb losses after blasts. The increase in the number of these injuries has been severe enough to concern California veterans benefits lawyers and terrifying enough to severely impact troop morale. According to military officials, there are rumors going around that several units have made pacts not to resuscitate each other if they suffer such injuries.

According to data, the number of troops who suffered arm and leg amputations increased from 86 in 2009, to 187 the following year. This year, there have been a total of 147 leg and arm amputations thus far. Out of these amputations, the number of troops who lost two or three limbs increased from 23 cases in 2009 to 72 in 2010. In the first nine months of 2011, there were 77 such cases.

Most amputations occurred in Afghanistan, while about a dozen occurred in Iraq. In Afghanistan, the war has taken a turn for the worse, with insurgents using dangerous explosives including roadside bombs and handmade mines that can blow off limbs. According to officials, this has resulted in an increase in the number of genital injuries and amputations.

Ironically enough, this increase in serious injuries coincides with a decline in the number of fatalities in war. Many veterans who survive the horrors of war are coming back home alive, but with debilitating injuries that leave them physically crippled, and emotionally and spiritually broken. It is this possibility of going home with multiple amputations and genital injuries has caused many of these veterans to engage in non- resuscitation pacts.