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Ten Year Anniversary of Iraq War, Local Vets Share Experiences

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It's been 10 years, since the US sent troops into Iraq - and it's had a big impact on the US military and those who served.

Nearly 4,500 Americans died serving in Iraq, and more than 30,000 were wounded.

It was on this day in 2003 when the ground war began against Iraq - the "shock and awe" campaign's goal was to oust Saddam Hussein, and prevent him from using the weapons of mass destruction that the US claimed he had developed.

The last US combat troops left Iraq in December of 2011.

At the start of the war, a majority of Americans supported the invasion.

Today, a CBS news poll finds 54% of Americans think the US should have stayed out of Iraq.

9&10's Vanessa Fayz and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke with some local veterans about their experiences, and how they think the war changed our country.