Wars never really intent, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, many ex-servicemen draw the battle back home and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives.
This sad and sobering truth is highlighted by Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey, who have been documenting young and poorly wounded American soldiers following their return home from struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these word-paintings are my evidence. The events I have preserved 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 scenes, 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 personas can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our anxieties and inhibitions about life, death, virility, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always 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 firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After asking Nicholas for his permission to pole these epitomes, this was his response: The only thing that I want to pass on is this: Losing limbs 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 firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After asking Nicholas for his permission to berth these epitomes, this was his response: The only concept that I want to pass on is this: Losing legs 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 military forces two days after the 2001 September 11 th strikes. Five epoches after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the backbone while riding 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 tank in Iraq. A roadside projectile perforated the armor, violating the interior. Jarral is 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 explosion took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) 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 dive, and from there he finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in simply 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 smolders over 60% of his torso. 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 are part of the Afghan National Army. The missile separated his femoral vein arising in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was sternly burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a road slope missile estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three souls out of a gang of 5. Merely Shilo and his operator survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Severely burned, dazed, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries later. Joel had this to say: Watches 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 resulting 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. Precisely four dates prior, under heavy antagonist fire, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a …
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 device. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Only four daylights prior, under heavy antagonist shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine almost 1,000 hoofs to a levitating helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris sustained leg hurts in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical rehabilitation, she has since lope 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 train when a motorcycle gate-crash took his leg. He has since targeted first 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 material psyche trauma while considering 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. Leading 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 merely walks, but is an adaptive snowboarding endorse. The prosthetic leg doesnt feel persisted 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 will participate 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-time Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.