Nov 13, 2007 — On Veterans Day, small towns across the North Country honored their soldiers, especially those soldiers who've died in America's wars. There is fresh evidence this week that rural Americans are paying a disproportionately heavy price in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A new study found, when adjusted for population, rural Vermont's sacrifice has been nearly three times higher than the average urban community. According to the Associated Press, 26 Vermonters have died so far in the two wars. William O'Hare compiled the fact sheet on small town soldiers. He's a visiting scholar at the Carsey Institute, a think-tank based at the University of New Hampshire that looks at rural issues.