The term 'hero' is often used by society to describe military veterans, but many don't realize it's a term not all vets feel comfortable being associated with. Issues such as PTSD, losing that sense of purpose and responsibilty when coming home, and conflicted feelings about their war experience can all compound to make young men and women returning from combat zones feel decidely less than heroic.
I am a photojournalist and documentary photographer. I joined the military when I was 19, enlisting in the US Navy as a Radioman and then re-enlisting into the US Army National Guard as an Infantryman after the events September 11, 2001. Originally from the Bronx, I grew up and still reside in Middletown, NY.
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