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As war against terror continues, vets seek National Mall memorial

By Kristi King 11 NOV 2016

On this Veterans Day, tens of thousands of American war casualties don’t have a memorial honoring their service, but work is underway for a memorial for the war on terror. “They need this sort of thing. They want this sort of thing. It’s not a lot to ask,” said Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a principal adviser to the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.

Right now, a war has to have been concluded 10 years before a related memorial can be built on the National Mall. But, bipartisan legislation asks for an exception for the war on terror, which began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“There have been about 7,000 Americans killed in action … there have been 52,000 wounded and an even larger number with PTSD,” Scruggs said. “People who are serving are really bearing the burden for society.”