Wars never actually objective, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, many ex-servicemen fetch the campaign back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering true is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, who have been documenting young and seriously wounded American soldiers following their return home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these drawings are my evidence. The incidents 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 videos, 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 awkward for the viewer. It forces us to confront our dreads and restraints about life, death, sexuality, sickness, rapports, etc. Reality is not ever pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was trapped inside a transport when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
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 berth these personas, this was his response: The only occasion 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 …
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 permission to post 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 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 onslaughts. Five days after being to be presented to Iraq, he was shot in the spine 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 tank in Iraq. A roadside projectile impaled the armor, transgressing 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 smash took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) but it could not take his spirit.
Cedric King lost both of his leg to an IED in Afghanistan. His daughters talked him into trying swimming, 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 cannon, preserving incenses over 60% of his body. He is visualized 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 separated his femoral route resulting in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a road side projectile estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three soldiers out of a gang of 5. Exclusively Shilo and his move survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Sternly burned, blinded, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries afterwards. Joel had this to say: Lookings 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 conducting 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 days prior, under heavy antagonist fervor, 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 guiding 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. Merely four daytimes prior, under heavy antagonist burn, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 hoofs to a levitating helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris lost 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 alleges, 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 clang took his leg. He has since placed first in the 2014 Warrior Activity 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 intelligence trauma while treating 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. Passing 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 find stayed to me anymore, he supposes. 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 disabled while clearing an IED site on Kandahar.
Michael Fox, a 27 year age-old Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.