Wars never truly end, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, many veterans raise the battle back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering truth is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, “whove been” documenting young and seriously wounded American soldiers following their return home from struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these paints are my testimony. The contests I have recorded 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 paints, 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 likeness can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our frights and limits about life, fatality, sexuality, sickness, affairs, etc. Reality is not always fairly. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was captured inside a shipping when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, army first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After requesting Nicholas for his granted permission to post these images, this was his response: The only occasion that I want to pass on is this: Losing extremities is like forgetting a good friend. We please we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we …
On November 12, 2011, horde first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After requesting Nicholas for his permission to upright these personas, this was his response: The only concept that I want to pass on is this: Failing limbs is like failing a good friend. We please we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we get up, recollect 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 assaults. Five daylights after being sending them to Iraq, he was shot in the backbone while journeying in an unarmored vehicle in Sadr City, leaving him paralyzed. He died in 2014( about a year and a half after this photo was taken) due to complications from his injuries.
Jerral Hancock was driving a tank in Iraq. A roadside bomb thrust 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 foot patrol in Zangabad, Afghanistan when an IED exploded. The blast took Jason’s legs( and part of his hand) but it could not take his flavor.
Cedric King lost 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 exactly over six hours; ended a Half Ironman race, and the New York City marathon. He is also a motivational speaker.
Bobby was hit by incoming artillery, sustaining incenses over 60% of his form. He is drawn 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 artery arising in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris was living in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a road surface bombard estimated at 700 lbs. He failed three males out of a gang of five. Only 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 afterwards. Joel had this to say: Watches are cheating . . . 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 resulting 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 daylights prior, under heavy foe shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a …
Marine CPL Christian Brown at the Walter Reed Medical Center. On Dec. 13, 2011, Christian was extending 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. Merely four epoches prior, under heavy foe fire, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 paws to a flitting helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris abode leg harms in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical rehabilitation, she has since range 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 deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan four times. He had just finished practice when a motorcycle accident took his leg. He had now been placed first in the 2014 Warrior Recreation in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
This is Navy Seal, Bo Reichenbach. 25 years old. He was disabled on July, 17 th 2012 in Afghanistan.
Army combat medic Sergeant Adam Hartswick lost his legs and suffered material mentality trauma while plowing wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. He is in virtual-reality care, 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. Extending 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 strolls, but is an adaptive snowboarding champion. The prosthetic leg doesnt seem stayed to me anymore, he says. It has become part of me.”
Daniel stepped on a IED, forgetting one leg and destroying the other.
Army Corporal David Bixler lost both legs while invited to take part 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-time Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.