Minnesota by the numbers: Iraq war edition
So who is making the biggest sacrifices? Among states, Vermont has been hardest hit, with one Iraq war death for every 44,000 residents. But when you take into account soldiers who hail from commonwealths, territories, and protectorates, the picture becomes even more grim. American Samoa, for instance, has sustained one war death for every 12,000 residents. Put another way: if the U.S. had the same casualty rate as Samoa, approximately 24,000 soldiers would have lost their lives in Iraq. The actual total stands at just over 2,100.