Wars never truly intention, because even though they may finish on the battleground, numerous ex-servicemen bring the war 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, who have been documenting young and poorly wounded American soldiers following their return home from campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these word-paintings are my witnes. The affairs I have entered should not be forgotten 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 paintings, Jay wrote that they present “an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not necessarily comfy with…and also issues that we are responsible for. The epitomes can be uncomfortable for the see. It forces us to confront our frights and inhibitions about life, demise, virility, sickness, affairs, etc. Reality is not always pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was caught inside a move when he was hit by a roadside projectile in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, legion first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After questioning Nicholas for his granted permission to post these images, this was his response: The only circumstance that I want to pass on is this: Forgetting legs is like misplacing a good friend. We please we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we …
On November 12, 2011, military 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 upright these likeness, this was his response: The only event that I want to pass on is this: Misplacing legs is like forgetting a good friend. We care 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 two days after the 2001 September 11 th attempts. Five periods after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the spine while razzing 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 container in Iraq. A roadside bomb impaled the armor, violating the interior. Jarral was living 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 exploded. The explosion took Jason’s legs( and part of his hand) but it could not take his flavour.
Cedric King misplaced both of his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. His daughters talked him into trying float, 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, maintaining smolders over 60% of his figure. He is envisioned 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 five others by a member of the Afghan National Army. The bullet separated his femoral route arising in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris was living in Houston. Shilo was severely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a street line-up rocket estimated at 700 lbs. He forgot three men out of a crew of 5. Exclusively Shilo and his motorist survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Sternly burned, dazed, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries afterwards. Joel had this to say: Sounds are entrapping . . . 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 extending 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. Merely four daylights prior, under heavy enemy burn, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine almost 1,000 feet to a …
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 machine. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Precisely four epoches prior, under heavy adversary attack, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a wavering helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris stood leg traumata in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical care, she has since operate 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 schooling when a motorcycle gate-crash 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 injured on July, 17 th 2012 in Afghanistan.
Army combat medic Sergeant Adam Hartswick lost his legs and suffered material brain hurt while treating 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. Ranging is what I do to relax, he says.
Retired Army Captain Wayne Waldon lost a leg in Baghdad, Iraq. Seven years later, he not only strolls, but is an adaptive snowboarding champion. The prosthetic leg doesnt detect persisted to me anymore, he says. It has become part of me.”
Daniel stepped on a IED, misplacing one leg and destroying the other.
Army Corporal David Bixler misplaced both legs while invited to take part in Afghanistan.
EOD Ssg Matthew Aiken. On April 3, 2013, Matt was injured 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.