Deflation of U.S. casualty figures in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to U.S. military sources, the Pentagon is consistently deflating the number of combat deaths in Iraq by manipulating the figures. For example, combat deaths in battlefield Medivac units are not being counted as combat casualties. One source said, "if someone is killed on the ground, that is counted as a combat death . . . if the wounded soldier is placed in a Medivac helicopter, the minute the door is closed and he dies . . . that is not counted as a combat death."
The undercounting of combat deaths is supported in a new documentary titled "The Ground Truth." In the film, a number of Iraq combat veterans report that soldiers and Marines who commit suicide in Iraq or stateside from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are not counted as combat casualties. Nor are veterans suffering from PTSD being given adequate care by military hospitals or Veterans Administration hospitals, charge vets who appear in the documentary.