Wars never certainly end, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, numerous veterans wreak the struggle 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, who have been documenting young and severely wounded American soldiers following their return home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these word-paintings are my witnes. The events 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 portraits, 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 likeness can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our dreads and limiteds about life, fatality, sexuality, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not ever quite. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was captured inside a bring when he was hit by a roadside bombard in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, infantry firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After requesting Nicholas for his granted permission to pole these likeness, this was his response: The only occasion that I want to pass on is this: Losing limbs 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, legion first lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After expecting Nicholas for his granted permission to pole these personas, this was his response: The only stuff that I want to pass on is this: Losing extremities is like losing 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 two days after the 2001 September 11 th attempts. Five eras after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the sticker while riding 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 projectile thrust the armor, breaching the interior. Jarral was living 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 smash took Jason’s legs( and part of his hand) but it could not take his atmosphere.
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 merely over six hours; accomplished a Half Ironman race, and the New York City marathon. He is also a motivational speaker.
Bobby was hit by incoming cannon, keeping flames over 60% of his body. He is pictured 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 is part of the Afghan National Army. The missile separated his femoral vein developing in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was dangerously burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a road side rocket estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three boys out of a gang of 5. Exclusively Shilo and his motorist survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Dangerously 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 preceding 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. Merely four dates prior, under heavy adversary burn, 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. Just four epoches prior, under heavy antagonist shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine almost 1,000 feet to a flitting helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris stood leg traumata in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical therapy, she has since pass the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she suggests, 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 learn when a motorcycle crash took his leg. He has since placed 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 mentality trauma while plowing wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. He is in virtual-reality therapy, 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. Moving 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 goes, but is an adaptive snowboarding endorse. The prosthetic leg doesnt detect stuck to me anymore, he announces. 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 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 Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.