Wars never really point, because even though they may finish on the battlefield, numerous ex-servicemen deliver the conflict 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 campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been a witness, and these visualizes are my evidence. The happens 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 envisions, 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 portraits can be awkward for the observer. It forces us to confront our panics and restraints about life, demise, sexuality, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always fairly. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Bobby Henline was caught inside a ferry when he was hit by a roadside bombard in Iraq. He was the only survivor.
On November 12, 2011, infantry firstly lieutenant Nicholas was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan. After requesting Nicholas for his granted permission to berth these personas, this was his response: The only circumstance that I want to pass on is this: Losing extremities is like failing a good friend. We wish 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 asking Nicholas for his permission to berth these personas, this was his response: The only act that I want to pass on is this: Losing limbs is like failing 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 two days after the 2001 September 11 th onrushes. Five epoches after being sent 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 cistern in Iraq. A roadside rocket impaled the armor, breaching the interior. Jarral lives 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 tone.
Cedric King lost both of his leg to an IED in Afghanistan. His daughters talked him into trying dive, and from there he finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in only 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, preserving shines over 60% of his form. He is pictured 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 severed his femoral vein developing in the amputation of his leg.
SSG Shilo Harris was living in Houston. Shilo was gravely burned on February 19 th, 2007 by a superhighway surface rocket estimated at 700 lbs. He forgot three guys out of a gang of five. Exclusively Shilo and his move survived the blast.
Joel , now 26, was injured in Iraq at age 20. Severely burned, blinded, a leg lost and over 90 surgeries subsequently. Joel had this to say: Watches are entrapping . . . what consider this to be 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 daytimes prior, under heavy antagonist flaming, 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 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. Precisely four dates prior, under heavy adversary fuel, Christian had carried a mortally wounded Marine almost 1,000 feet to a flitting helicopter.
Army Specialist Stephanie Morris accepted leg hurts in an attack in Afghanistan. With physical therapy, she has since lope the Army ten-miler. I have to do it for them, she responds, speaking of my best friend she lost in the attack.
Army staff sergeant Allan Armstrong was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan four times. He had just finished civilize when a motorcycle accident took his leg. He had now been 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 disabled on July, 17 th 2012 in Afghanistan.
Army combat medic Sergeant Adam Hartswick lost his legs and suffered a mentality trauma while considering 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. Guiding 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 saunters, but is an adaptive snowboarding champion. The prosthetic leg doesnt seem deposited to me anymore, he remarks. It has become part of me.”
Daniel stepped on a IED, forgetting 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 injured 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.