Through his portraits of wounded soldiers, their loved ones and their caretakers, and through his portrayals of the dangerous conditions in which they serve and the trying world to which they return, David Wood has crafted an immensely valuable mosaic of a vital segment of American life.
Starting today, The Huffington Post begins a ten-part series, Beyond the Battlefield -- an exploration of the physical and emotional challenges, victories and setbacks that catastrophically wounded soldiers encounter after returning home.
Focused on honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, earlier this month, we may not even have noticed the unsung heroes and heroines standing directly behind so many of them, just out of view -- the caregiver partners of the severely injured.
In many respects, veterans are currently invisible to the American public. Even if you believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should never have started, that does not mean that you should ignore the humanity of soldiers.
At 73, Ann Jones strapped on body armor and headed to war so you didn't have to. She watched the sort of "meatball surgery" that would have left you doubled over and retching.
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.
Many men and women are suffering from severe psychiatric diagnoses that are a result of their service. Yet, to only see this as psychopathology is to overlook the depth of character and clarity of values that can emerge from life altering experiences.
When, in 1976 at age 32, I first became an editor at a mainstream publishing house, I had just one urge: I wanted to bring new voices, as young as I was, into the world; I wanted, as I used to say at the time, to publish "voices from elsewhere."
As I followed the sad trail of damaged veterans to write my new book, I came to see how much they and their families have suffered, like Afghans, from the delusions of this nation's leaders, more powerful and less accountable than themselves.
In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.
The tragedy on 9/11 is an event that inspired many of our Heroes to take up arms on behalf of our country.
I have to state that the people I encountered in VA health care could not have been nicer and more genuinely interested in my care. But, they try to make the best of a flawed system, as you will see.
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There's nothing more important than knowing that our families are healthy and happy. And after spending so much time with military families and hearing your stories of service and sacrifice for our country, I know that that's your priority as well.
More than five months on the road just might be the antidote these Iraq vets need. When Anderson learned of Voss's plan, he immediately asked to tag along, receiving immediate support from his spouse and his boss.