Wars never truly aim, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, many ex-servicemen create the struggle back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering fact is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, “whove been” documenting young and severely wounded American soldiers following their return home from struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these situations are my evidence. The happens I have recorded should not be forgotten 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 images, 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 personas can be uncomfortable for the observer. It forces us to confront our suspicions and limits about life, fatality, sexuality, sickness, affairs, etc. Reality is not ever fairly. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was captured inside a haul 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 asking Nicholas for his granted permission to post these portraits, this was his response: The only concept that I want to pass on is this: Losing appendages is like losing a good friend. We please 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 questioning Nicholas for his granted permission to berth these epitomes, this was his response: The only situation that I want to pass on is this: Losing limbs is like losing 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 onrushes. Five daytimes after being to be presented to Iraq, he was shot in the prickle 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 container in Iraq. A roadside rocket thrust 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 hoof patrol in Zangabad, Afghanistan when an IED exploded. The bomb took Jason’s legs( and part of his hand) but it could not take his flavour.
Cedric King lost 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 just 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 artillery, keeping ignites over 60% of his form. 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 another five by a member of the Afghan National Army. The missile severed his femoral route resulting in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris was living in Houston. Shilo was severely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a superhighway slope projectile estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three souls out of a crew of 5. Simply Shilo and his driver survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Dangerously burned, blinded, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries later. Joel had this to say: Appears are fooling . . . 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 leading 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 epoches prior, under heavy enemy shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 paws to a …
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 machine. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Just four epoches prior, under heavy opponent shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a hovering helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris abode leg injuries in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical care, she has since pass the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she responds, 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 develop when a motorcycle accident took his leg. He had now been targeted first in the 2014 Warrior Tournament 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 injury while considering 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. Flowing 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 experience remained to me anymore, he adds. 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 time old-time Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.