"Iraq war decimates small towns."
“Across the nation, small towns are quietly bearing a disproportionate burden of war. Nearly half of the more than 3,100 U.S. military casualties in Iraq have come from towns…where fewer than 25,000 people live, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. One in five hailed from hometowns of less than 5,000. … The AP analysis found that nearly three quarters of those killed in Iraq came from towns where the per capita income was below the national average.”