Jim Weber considers it a reminder, not a political statement. The 57-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired postal service worker started tallying U.S. military casualties in Iraq on a three-by-four whiteboard above his garage door in 2003. “At first, I wondered if I should do it, if I’d end up with eggs on my house,” says Weber.
Five years later, Weber continues to update his counter, keeping track of the death toll by reading news articles and a website called icasualties.org. In the summer, people walking by his white picket fenced yard on the corner of 41st and Washburn Avenue in north Minneapolis stop to talk about his display. “The feedback has been very positive,” says Weber. “They stop and thank me for having the signs up.” Watch the video above for more of our interview with Weber.