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Iraq War Costs NH Taxpayers $2.9 Million Per Day

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September 24, 2007

Concord, NH – The United States could provide health insurance to more than 400,000 children for the price of a single day of war in Iraq. The "Cost of War" project by the American Friends Service Committee also found the cost of 3.5 days of war in Iraq could pay the tuition to put all students through the University of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire's daily war investment is $2.9 million, or about 0.4 percent of total $720 million price tag, and that adds up to a lot of other important needs going unmet, according to Erin Placey, New Hampshire coordinator for the Cost of War Project.

"There are 19,000 uninsured children in New Hampshire, and in eleven days, all of them would be able to be insured for an entire year, with full healthcare coverage."

Placey said the numbers are even more dramatic when viewed at the national level.

"One day's Iraq War budget could provide 423,529 children with healthcare, or 95,364 Head Start places for children."

The group's statistics come from a study by the Kennedy School of Government, and the "total war cost" figures don't include support costs, such as caring for wounded soldiers and replenishing military equipment. Placey says the group is using banners to take the message to events like Sunday's Peace/Labor parade in Portsmouth, and the Democratic presidential forum in Hanover on Wednesday.

John Robinson, Public News Service - NH