Wars never truly culminate, because even though they may finish on the battleground, numerous ex-servicemen accompany the struggle back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering true is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, who have been documenting young and poorly wounded American soldiers following their return home from battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these pictures are my indication. The incidents I have entered let us not forget and must not be repeated, ” writes Nachtwey, while Jay’s project, compiled into a series announced Unknown Soldier, was a finalist in the Portrait category for the Magnum Photography Awards 2016.
Talking about his scenes, Jay expressed the view that they present “an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not necessarily comfortable with…and also issues that we are responsible for. The portraits can be uncomfortable for the spectator. It forces us to confront our suspicions and restraints about life, fatality, virility, sickness, affairs, etc. Reality is not always pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was captured inside a transport when he was hit by a roadside projectile in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, military first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After expecting Nicholas for his permission to post these likeness, this was his response: The only thought that I want to pass on is this: Failing appendages is like losing a good friend. We bid we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we …
On November 12, 2011, army first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After asking Nicholas for his granted permission to pole these personas, this was his response: The only occasion that I want to pass on is this: Forgetting extremities is like failing a good friend. We wish we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we get up, remember the good times, and thank God for whatever we have left.
Tomas Young enlisted in the army 2 day after the 2001 September 11 th attacks. Five days after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the sticker while journeying in an unarmored vehicle in Sadr City, leaving him paralyzed. He died in 2014( about one and a half years after this photo was taken) due to complications from his injuries.
Jerral Hancock was driving a cistern in Iraq. A roadside rocket pierced the armor, breaching the interior. Jarral lives in Lancaster with his two, beautiful children.
First Lieutenant Jason Pak On Dec. 13, 2012 was on a paw patrol in Zangabad, Afghanistan when an IED explosion. The bomb took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) but it could not take his heart.
Cedric King misplaced both of his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. His daughters talked him into trying dive, and from there he finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in precisely over six hours; completed a Half Ironman race, and the New York City marathon. He is also a motivational speaker.
Bobby was hit by incoming artillery, preserving smolders over 60% of his organization. He is portrait here with his daughter Layla
Marissa Strock was injured when her vehicle was struck by an IED buried in the road. She was 20 years old.
On June 8, 2013, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Major Matt was shot along with another five by a member of the Afghan National Army. The bullet severed his femoral vein arising in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was sternly burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a superhighway back rocket estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three men out of a gang of five. Simply Shilo and his motorist survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Severely burned, dazed, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries afterward. Joel had this to say: Watches are deceiving . . . what looks like a half empty glass is actually three-quarters full.
Marine CPL Christian Brown at the Walter Reed Medical Center. On Dec. 13, 2011, Christian was contributing his squad on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Precisely four epoches prior, under heavy adversary barrage, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 feet to a …
Marine CPL Christian Brown at the Walter Reed Medical Center. On Dec. 13, 2011, Christian was conducting his squad on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive design. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Precisely four days prior, under heavy enemy fuel, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine almost 1,000 hoofs to a wavering helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris accepted leg injuries in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical rehabilitation, she has since pass the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she says, speaking of the friends she lost in the attack.
Army staff sergeant Allan Armstrong was used in order to Iraq and Afghanistan four times. He had just finished teach when a motorcycle gate-crash took his leg. He had now been targeted first in the 2014 Warrior Activity in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
This is Navy Seal, Bo Reichenbach. 25 years old. He was injured on July, 17 th 2012 in Afghanistan.
Army combat medic Sergeant Adam Hartswick lost his legs and suffered a psyche injury while considering wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. He is in virtual-reality rehabilitation, and has learned to walk again.
Retired Navy hospital corpsman Jose Ramos lost an arm in an Iraqi rocket attack. He expects to participate in the 2016 Paralympics. Passing is what I do to relax, he says.
Retired Army Captain Wayne Waldon lost a leg in Baghdad, Iraq. Seven years later, he is not simply walks, but is an adaptive snowboarding endorse. The prosthetic leg doesnt find stayed to me anymore, he says. It has become part of me.”
Daniel stepped on a IED, failing one leg and destroying the other.
Army Corporal David Bixler lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan.
EOD Ssg Matthew Aiken. On April 3, 2013, Matt was disabled while clearing an IED site on Kandahar.
Michael Fox, a 27 year old Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.