Wars never truly intention, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, many veterans wreak the campaign 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 naughtily wounded American soldiers following their return home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these paints are my witnes. The occurrences I have entered should also be borne in mind and does not necessarily 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 pictures, Jay expressed the view 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 likeness can be unpleasant for the spectator. It forces us to confront our anxieties and limits about life, demise, virility, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always quite. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was caught inside a move when he was hit by a roadside missile 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 expecting Nicholas for his to be allowed to upright these personas, this was his response: The only event 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 …
On November 12, 2011, military firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After asking Nicholas for his to be allowed to upright these epitomes, this was his response: The only circumstance that I want to pass on is this: Losing extremities 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 military forces 2 day after the 2001 September 11 th onslaughts. Five days after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the spine while razzing 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, 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 exploded. The detonation took Jason’s legs( and part of his hands) but it could not take his intent.
Cedric King lost both of his leg to an IED in Afghanistan. His daughters talked him into trying float, and from there he finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in only 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, keeping smolders over 60% of his figure. He is depicted 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 member of the Afghan National Army. The bullet separated his femoral artery ensuing in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a street area bombard estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three husbands out of a gang of five. Only 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 afterward. Joel had this to say: Looks are entrapping . . . what looks a lot 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 machine. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Only four epoches prior, under heavy foe ardor, 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. Just four daytimes prior, under heavy adversary ardor, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 feet to a flitting helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris digested leg harms in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical care, she has since run 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 used in order to Iraq and Afghanistan four times. He had just finished schooling when a motorcycle disintegrate took his leg. He has now been targeted firstly in the 2014 Warrior Activity 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 intelligence trauma while treating 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. Passing 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 champion. The prosthetic leg doesnt feel remained 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 service 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.