Previously unreported data from the Department of Defense released this summer shows that the average American taxpayer has spent $7,500 on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, since the beginning of the Global War on Terror in 2001.
That means this fiscal year, your average taxpaying American citizen will spend about $289 on wars overseas.
The data, first reported by Defense One, was mandated as part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Representative John Lewis (D, Ga.) added a piece of legislation to the bill that requires the Department of Defense to tally up and publicly post the dollars and cents cost of the primary battlefields in the War on Terror.
It should be noted that these data do not include the classified programs which directly support military action overseas, such as those from the Intelligence Community or from the State Department, and they do not include the ‘hidden costs’ of healthcare and support services from the Veterans Administration for veterans and their families for the rest of their lifetimes.