Sunday, October 7th marks the 11th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, and today U.S. Rep. Gary Peters issued the following statement marking this milestone by again calling for an end to the war.
"For 11 years now, American troops have served our nation honorably in Afghanistan, but now it's time to bring them home," said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. "Our brave men and women in uniform have done everything our nation has asked of them, but with green-on-blue attacks on the rise, it's not clear what our continued presence in Afghanistan would accomplish. As we transition to the end of America's longest war, we must all recommit ourselves to ensuring that our veterans receive the care and support that they've earned on the battlefield."
In early 2010, Congressman Peters visited Afghanistan as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation so he could speak directly with the troops on the ground, the commanding generals, diplomatic leaders and Afghan officials.
According to costofwar.com, the war in Afghanistan has cost over $572 billion.
On September 29th, the 2,000th American troop was killed in Afghanistan and to date over 17,000 have been wounded.