To identify the states where the most service members were killed in conflicts stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from iCasualties, a website that tracks the death toll from the post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. States are ranked by the number of residents who died as a share of the total number of people killed from each of the 50 states.
Fatalities resulting from incidents such as friendly fire, illness, and suicide were also tallied in addition to those attributable to hostile enemy activity. Fatalities broken down by conflict – either Iraq or Afghanistan – did not necessarily occur in those countries, as many fatalities occurred on American military bases, which are considered U.S. soil, and in other countries throughout the region and around the world.
Data on the share of veterans living in each state who served in the post 9/11 era, as well as the number of adults 18 and older in each state, are one-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey.
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