Even though the war had ended on the battlefield many years ago, the sad and sobering truth is that many veterans brought home the war and are forced to live with the scars for life.
Exactly a year after World War 1 (WW1) officially ended on November 11th 1918, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th of every year as Armistice Day. The essence of that day, which is now known as Veteran’s Day, is to honor all veterans.
Following their returns from wars in Iran and Afghanistan, Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey have documented the sad truth about how badly injured American soldiers looked.
“I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The vents I recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.”
David Jay, in an interview, revealed that his pictures present an opportunity to talk about issues which the society shies away from.
“These pictures present an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not necessarily comfortable with…and also issues that we are responsible for. The images can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our fears and inhibitions about life, death, s*xuality, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”
Pictures And Corresponding Stories Of Some Veterans
20 Bobby Henline
He was trapped inside a transport when a roadside bomb hit him in Iraq. He was the only survivor of the bomb blast.
19 Tomas Young
After the 2001 September 11th attacks, Tomas enlisted in the army. Days after his enlistment, he was sent to Iraq.
While riding in an unarmoured vehicle in Sadr City, he was shot in the spine, and that left him paralyzed. Tomas died in 2014 due to complications that arose from his injuries.
18 Bobby Bernier
During an attack, Bobby Bernier got hit by incoming artillery, and that made him sustain burns on over 60% of his body. Here is his picture with his daughter, Layla.
17 Marissa Strock
At age 20, Specialist Marissa Strock’s vehicle was hit by an IED buried in the road. Both legs didn’t survive the incident.