July 22, 2012: While combat casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan got most of the headlines, the NATO medical personnel in the combat zone spent most of their time dealing with non-combat injuries and some nasty diseases. Accidents, disease and stress (physical and mental) problems have, over the last decade, accounted for about 80 percent of those troops flown out so they could get more advanced care. There are more than ten of these evacuations for every soldier killed (combat or non-combat). Only 19 percent of those "medical evacuations" were for combat injuries. Thus, in the military hospitals (both in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as back in the United States), the vast majority of combat zone casualties are not there because of combat injuries.
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