Wars never genuinely dissolve, because even though they may finish on the battleground, many ex-servicemen return the battle back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering truism is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, “whove been” documenting young and badly wounded American soldiers following their return home from struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these scenes are my information. The occurrences I have registered let us not forget and must not be repeated, ” writes Nachtwey, while Jay’s project, compiled into a series called Unknown Soldier, was a finalist in the Portrait category for the Magnum Photography Awards 2016.
Talking about his drawings, Jay wrote 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 epitomes can be awkward for the witnes. It forces us to confront our anxieties and limiteds about life, death, virility, sickness, rapports, etc. Reality is not always fairly. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was trapped inside a move when he was hit by a roadside projectile in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, military firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After expecting Nicholas for his permission to berth these portraits, this was his response: The only stuff that I want to pass on is this: Forgetting extremities is like losing a good friend. We care we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’. Then we …
On November 12, 2011, army firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After questioning Nicholas for his permission to upright these portraits, this was his response: The only circumstance that I want to pass on is this: Losing 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, 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 strikes. Five dates after being sending them to Iraq, he was shot in the sticker while going 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 cistern in Iraq. A roadside missile perforated the armor, infraction 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 explosion. The bomb took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) but it could not take his atmosphere.
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 merely 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, holding blazes over 60% of his body. He is painted 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 vein resulting in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a superhighway side missile estimated at 700 lbs. He forgot three people out of a gang of 5. Merely Shilo and his move survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Gravely burned, dazzled, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries eventually. Joel had this to say: Watches 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 producing his squad on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive invention. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Just four eras prior, under heavy antagonist shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 paws to a …
Marine CPL Christian Brown at the Walter Reed Medical Center. On Dec. 13, 2011, Christian was producing 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. Only four daylights prior, under heavy antagonist barrage, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a wavering helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris stood leg injuries in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical care, she has since move 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 educate when a motorcycle disintegrate took his leg. He has since situated firstly in the 2014 Warrior Competition 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 brain trauma while considering 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. Loping 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 champ. The prosthetic leg doesnt feel protruded to me anymore, he says. It has become part of me.”
Daniel stepped on a IED, losing 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 injured 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.