PHOTO: The Untold Story Behind Every Casualty Of War
With elections, scandals, and pundits dominating U.S. cable news coverage, it's all too easy to forget that the war in Afghanistan is entering its 11th year. This heartbreaking photo of Ashley Edens (22) receiving the remains of her fallen husband, Spc. Jason Edens (22), serves as a wrenching reminder that the costs of these conflicts run much deeper than many Americans realize. Every one of the 6,643 coalition soldiers and more than 132,000 civilians who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has a story — it's up to the rest of us to make sure they don't go untold.