March 19 marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War that resulted in the downfall of Saddam Hussein and the beginning of a prolonged U.S. military engagement.
Since the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and related Reserve and National Guard units have been deployed in the two countries, according to Department of Defense data, the Miami Herald reported.
Of those, more than a third were deployed more than once, according to the Herald.
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