The United States end its "combat mission" in Iraq in September 2010 seven years after invading while troops continue in support roles.  The war in Afghanistan, begun in 2001, continues with about 88,000 U.S. troops deployed there, down from a peak of 100,000 in March 2011.  The U.S. has reached agreements with the Afghan government for its troops to lead combat operations by the end of 2013 and for all U.S. troops except a core of trainers, advisers and security forces to be out of the country by the end of 2014.  To date more than 1,800 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan and another nearly 16,000 wounded.  In Iraq U.S. casualties totaled 4,408 dead and 31,922 wounded as of Feb. 2012.  Adding to the domestic debate over the cost of the wars are the issues of jobs and care for returning veterans, many of whom are physically intact but need help with psychological issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.  The Vietnam War even continues to echo in Congress with a new appropriation adding coverage for several medical conditions suffered by veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliating sprayed in the jungles on the ground and from the air.  Current anxiety centers on saber rattling over attacking Iran to stop its program of nuclear energy development, which some fear actually is intended to product nuclear weapons.


Related Legislation

SB 605 Tuition, in-state

Eligibility for in-state tuition; military personnel.  Provides that, for current and former military personnel and… more »

SB 565 Absentee voting

Elections; military and overseas voters.  Improves registration and absentee voting procedures for military and overseas… more »

SB 529 Real estate tax

Real property tax exemption for disabled veterans.  Provides that the tax exemption for the primary residence of a… more »

SB 528 Hunting and fishing licence

Special hunting and fishing license for disabled veterans.  Allows a veteran who is permanently disabled due to a service-connected… more »

SB 508 Tuition, in-state

In-state tuition; members of the Virginia National Guard.  Provides that any member of the Virginia National Guard… more »

SB 473 Fort Monroe Authority Act

Fort Monroe Authority Act; declaration of policy.  Removes the requirement for the consent of both the Governor and… more »
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Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek