A veteran of Operation Desert Storm went on an off duty mine sweep. The photograph shows the result. The V.A. refused to pay for medical bills until this story and photographs were published in the Los Angeles Times. Remembering all veterans today. Those who answer with their lives to Democracy’s call.
People have asked me, “Why do you publish this photo? It’s horrible to look at. No one will want to look at more of your work (photographs)” My answer to this is, It is real. This veteran, his wife, his family, friends, community, will have to live with this injury (and the financial impact) for the rest of their lives. The least we can do is to bear a few minutes of viewing and reflection on the atrocities of war. It is the least we can do.
This photograph First Place in Portraiture, Orange County Press Awards. Portrait created using film and film camera. Image copyright Ana Elisa Fuentes.