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Posted at 2:12 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Is the U.S. paying attention to war deaths?

By T.J. Ortenzi
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Joint US Military personnel salute the flag draped coffin carrying the remains of US Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Bourgeois during his Fallen Soldier Ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DOD via NSArchive.org)

How often do you think about the war in Afghanistan? Does it weigh on you?

Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly lost his son, Robert M. Kelly, in southern Afghanistan last year. He believes that the nation is unaware of the sacrifices by soldiers and their families. In an e-mail sent before his deployment, the younger Kelly would seem to agree.

"Try to keep your eye on the news," Robert wrote from Camp Pendleton, Calif. "It will be good to know that people are paying attention to what the 32 Marines with me will be accomplishing."

The Post's Greg Jaffe notes that at the time of Robert's e-mail last year, less than 2 percent of midterm voters ranked Afghanistan as their top issue.

Before he became the most senior military official to lose a child in Iraq or Afghanistan, Kelly wrote letters of condolences to families that had lost loved ones in battle:

"I guess over time I had convinced myself that I could imagine what it would be like to lose a son or daughter," he said in an interview. "You try to imagine it so that you can write the right kind of letters or form the right words to try to comfort. But you can't even come close. It is unimaginable."

YOUR TAKE: How often do you think about U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq? Are airwaves saturated with coverage, or do we need more? Give us your thoughts by using #WarStories on Twitter and we'll post responses here.

Thank you for your replies. Here are a few:

The media in the U.S. doesn't usually cover all the things that need to be covered.. and definitely not from the correct lens #WarStoriesless than a minute ago via web

#WarStories This war is getting smaller and smaller in our collective consciousness.less than a minute ago via Echofon

@washingtonpost Let's say the U.S. media does a better job of covering an Apple product launch. #WarStoriesless than a minute ago via web

wait, we are still at war? rt @washingtonpost: Is the U.S. media doing a good job of covering Afghanistan and Iraq? Tell us, use #WarStoriesless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

NO! RT @washingtonpost: Is the U.S. media doing a good job of covering Afghanistan and Iraq? Tell us, use #WarStories. http://wapo.st/gnQneOless than a minute ago via ÜberSocial

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By T.J. Ortenzi  | March 2, 2011; 2:12 PM ET
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