Published: December 2006
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Iraq Coalition Casualties
This independent organization quantifies the human losses of the Iraq war, including civilians, contractors, and journalists.

Army Medical Department
What better way to learn about the men and women of medicine who serve our soldiers than through the website of the Army's own medical department.

Brooke Army Medical Center
Located in Texas, this medical center for the U.S. Army is just ten years old but has already proved its importance in healing soldiers home from the war.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The quiet epidemic of closed head injuries in Iraq may mean that this research and treatment center will grow in importance as the number of men and women exposed to traumatic brain injury (TBI) grows.

National Naval Medical Center
Where the Navy and Marines treat their own, this facility is also the hospital of the president and vice-president.

Global Security
Use this constantly updated resource for targeted information on current military operations and political situations around the world. The "Military" section also includes background terminology and information on our forces in Iraq.

Operation Iraqi Freedom
This is the official website of Multi-National Force‚ Iraq and features news articles and press releases. Perhaps the most interesting sections are messages to and from the troops.

Sentinels of Freedom
Sentinels of Freedom is a private, northern California group offering assistance to returning wounded veterans in the form of a four-year "scholarship" of mentoring, community involvement, and material assistance (transportation, furniture, etc.) that hopes to serve as a model for communities across the country. If you're interested in starting something in your community, contact them directly at the link provided on their website.


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