First the surprizing news:
"Rep. Ike Skelton, a Democrat from rural Missouri, says small towns are paying more than their share. His statistics show that 43 percent of those killed in action in Iraq and 44 percent killed in Afghanistan through mid-February came from towns of 20,000 people or fewer. Less than 23 percent of the U.S. population lives in towns that size."Now the social impact of those deaths:
"Paul Oliver, mayor of Cedar Key, said military deaths shake towns his size more deeply than big cities.... About 1,200 people turned out for the funeral of Lance Cpl. Brian Buesing. Fewer than 800 people live in the town."