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The war in Afghanistan: What's the cost to your community?

Next month, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan will enter its 10th year. And as President Obama winds down military efforts in Iraq and ramps up deployments in Afghanistan, he's facing growing doubt from an electorate exhausted by war.

The Post reported this morning that nine NATO soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. The current death toll of 529 makes 2010 the deadliest year for the U.S.-led international force.

The Post's Peter Slevin recently journeyed to Elkhart, Ind., to document growing skepticism over the war, framing human stories with numbers from death tolls and public opinion polls. Slevin noted that about one-third of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year hailed from Midwestern towns.

Deaths of U.S. forces are reported in obituaries and news reports. Some men and women are commemorated in public tributes and memorials. Others are mentioned in little more than a press release. But there are stories behind each casualty. Families, friends and entire towns mourn each death.

Can you identify?

Where are you from and what has been the impact of the war on your family or town? Share your story in the comments below or Tweet your response to us with #costofwar.

Some responses so far:

I watched 10 military marriages fall apart. One of them was mine. #costofwarless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

@washingtonpost I live on base- I know friends and fathers of friends won't come home. We are constantly holding our breath. #costofwarless than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost Having a regrettably growing community that understands why I sometimes have to fight for control. #PTSD #costofwarless than a minute ago via web

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By Katie Rogers  | September 21, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
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