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In 2012 I volunteered at National Veteran Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego as a part of my “Soldier Returns Home” project and took number of portraits as well as an in depth story about Blake, a marine who was injured in Afghanistan and continues his work after loosing his vision. My story and portraits were very well received by the VA office in Washington DC.
In 2013 I was contracted by the VA to produce coverage for this year’s event. VA also allowed me to set up a photographic studio on La Jolla beach where marines set up their temporary base camp to work with the veterans during their adaptive sports surfing lessons.
My goal was to try to come up with a number of portraits to bring a portrait of an American soldier a little closer to us, civilians. I came up with 12 individuals who might have been part of one platoon.
The veterans I photographed sustained different injuries. There is a double amputee, two marines who lost their vision, spinal injuries, leg injuries and PTSD. The series opens a portrait of Rick Cicero who lost his arm and leg while searching for IED with his dog in Afghanistan. His dog saved his life. Right now, Rick is getting ready to jump from an airplane with a dozen of other veterans as a part of Wounded Warrior Project in Tampa, Florida. He is a very successful motivational speaker and trainer. He still trains dogs. It is concluded by a veteran who was among the first to supervise nuclear tests in New Mexico and Utah. He is hoping this is not his last Summer Clinic in San Diego.
I am currently working with Veteran Affairs and independently to continue to photograph the veterans. I hope to continue to be a witness to their return to our society from deployments and missions.
the complete 12 portraits on my website under “redefined”: