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The Cost of War 

• 3,702 soldiers dead as of Aug. 17; 86 from North Carolina

• About 12 percent to 20 percent of veterans returning from Iraq suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

• The war in Iraq has cost N.C. taxpayers alone $12.3 billion.

• With the $1.3 billion the war has cost U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick's district, it could have built 12,472 units of affordable housing.

• With its $855.65 million share of the cost, U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's district could have covered health insurance for 98,398 children for the length of the war.

• The $917.01 million portion footed by U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes' district is enough to build 101 elementary schools.

Sources: National Priorities Project, National Center for PTSD,

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