As this latest presidential campaign draws to a close with the quick approach of November 4th, there is no doubt that the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan always held a prominent place on the whole plate of issues.
That being said, it can be easy for us to focus only on the impact on Americans that the wars have held. American fatalities and casualties typically shoot to the top of the headlines (but usually only in the form of cold, unemotional statistics). The travesty that is our system of institutions and programs that are supposed to help returning wounded veterans is another salient topic of the times.
It's easy to forget that in Iraq, there are more than 25 million people trying to scratch out a life for themselves and their families -- all while death comes and knocks on doors all around them.
The New York Times gives us a good reminder of the type of challenges that an untold number of families face in Iraq on a daily basis...