Sometimes, especially for those without family members or friends in the service, it is all too easy to view the Iraq War in terms of numbers. Both pro-war and anti-war forces seem to make it all about the math "there have been more than 3,000 U.S. troops killed" or "we need an additional 20,000 to 30,000 troops," etc.
But the war isn't a game of Risk. Faceless numbers don't tell the horrific, and at the same time, heroic stories, like those of Staff Sgt. Jason P. Trumpower, of Norwalk, who helped lead his men to safety after being attacked by insurgents.