Wars never really dissolve, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, numerous ex-servicemen bring the struggle 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 severely wounded American soldiers following their return home from crusades in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these visualizes are my evidence. The affairs I have entered 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 paintings, Jay wrote that they present “an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not inevitably comfy with…and also issues that we are responsible for. The images can be uncomfortable for the witnes. It forces us to confront our suspicions and limiteds about life, fatality, virility, sickness, relations, etc. Reality is not always somewhat. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was captured inside a shipping when he was hit by a roadside projectile in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, army firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After expecting Nicholas for his granted permission to upright these portraits, this was his response: The only act 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 …
On November 12, 2011, military 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 stuff that I want to pass on is this: Losing appendages is like losing a good friend. We wish 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 2 day after the 2001 September 11 th assaults. Five days after being sent to Iraq, he was shot in the backbone while going in an unarmored vehicle in Sadr City, leaving him paralyzed. He died in 2014( approximately one year and a half after this photo was taken) due to complications from his injuries.
Jerral Hancock was driving a cistern in Iraq. A roadside missile pierced 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 hoof patrol in Zangabad, Afghanistan when an IED explosion. The detonation took Jason’s legs( and part of his hand) but it could not take his character.
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; completed a Half Ironman race, and the New York City marathon. He is also a motivational speaker.
Bobby was hit by incoming artillery, holding flames over 60% of his person. He is portrait 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 severed his femoral route ensuing in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris lives in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a superhighway back projectile estimated at 700 lbs. He lost three husbands out of a gang of five. Simply Shilo and his driver survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Severely burned, dazzled, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries later. Joel had this to say: Watches are cheating . . . 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 extending 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. Just four epoches prior, under heavy enemy flaming, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine nearly 1,000 hoofs to a …
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 device. Both of his legs were blown off- one above the knee, the other below the hip. Merely four days prior, under heavy adversary shoot, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine virtually 1,000 feet to a levitating helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris accepted leg hurts in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical rehabilitation, she has since extend the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she articulates, 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 clang took his leg. He has since targeted firstly in the 2014 Warrior Games 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 a psyche injury while plowing 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. Moving 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 moves, but is an adaptive snowboarding champion. The prosthetic leg doesnt experience persisted to me anymore, he remarks. 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 participate 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 age-old Marine. On November 15, 2011 Michael was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.