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Recent news of the recovery, identification and burial of an American airman missing in action over Laos in 1972 reminds us of the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in U.S. wars.

Last month, "in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics and lists of war dead," the Congressional Research Service published a report which compiles hard-to-find statistics about principal wars and combat actions from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq-Afghanistan conflict. The data is broken out by branch of service, combat vs other types of deaths, reserve vs regular military, rank, gender, missing/presumed dead and other factors. In all a sobering, but essential, historical document.

The California Research Bureau recently released a comprehensive report on the state's women veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 167,000 women -- eight percent of the state's 2.1 million veteran population -- live in California. Female GIs are subject to the same physical and mental challenges experienced by their male counterparts, plus they come home to special responsibilities as wives and mothers. The CRB contains some interesting statistics, including demographic breakdowns (age, race, income, education, etc.). There are also female vet populations by county. Sacramento County comes in third (behind Los Angeles and San Diego) with 10,081.

About Data Surfer

It's all about information -- statistics, documents and data of all types that help us understand the world, make informed decisions and monitor government. It's about empowering citizens with tools and sources so they can conduct their own investigative research. This blog is a place to discuss information that's available on the Internet. What's relevant, useful, valid and accurate -- and what's not.

We know the Sacramento region is home to knowledgeable people who use online information in their respective fields. We want to hear from you. Please tell us what you think of the data we use in stories and post on The Bee's website. And share tips about online resources you think are valuable to this blog's readers. Post comments on this blog or contact Pete Basofin directly at

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