Wars never really aim, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, numerous ex-servicemen deliver the crusade back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering reality is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, who have 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 visualizes are my testimony. The happenings I have entered 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 representations, 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 images can be unpleasant for the see. It forces us to confront our fears and restraints about life, death, sexuality, sickness, ties-in, etc. Reality is not ever jolly. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was caught inside a tote 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 happening 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, horde 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 images, this was his response: The only event that I want to pass on is this: Losing appendages 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 assaults. Five periods after being to be presented to Iraq, he was shot in the spine while travelling 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 bombard impaled the armor, infringement 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 explosion. The bang took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) but it could not take his being.
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 precisely 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 cannon, preserving shines 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 is part of the Afghan National Army. The missile separated his femoral vein arising in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris was living in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a road back rocket estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three humen out of a crew of five. Only Shilo and his move survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Severely burned, dazzled, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries afterwards. Joel had this to say: Gazes 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 design. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Only four days prior, under heavy opponent attack, 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. Simply four eras prior, under heavy opponent fuel, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 feet to a hovering helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris abode leg harms in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical therapy, she has since guide the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she pronounces, 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 crash took his leg. He had now been situated first in the 2014 Warrior Competition 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 psyche harm while treating wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. He is in virtual-reality regiman, 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. Operating 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 walks, but is an adaptive snowboarding champ. The prosthetic leg doesnt feel remained to me anymore, he replies. 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 age-old Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.