I think most combat veterans will understand the look in his eyes. Ray is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, and he’s deeply involved in helping veterans in any way he can.
The light and dark sides of Ray’s face remind us of the extreme nature of war. Experiences range from unimaginable horror and sorrow to unbelievable bravery and a deep bond among those who serve together, a bond that only they can fully understand.
Let’s remember to separate the politics of war from those who are called to fight it, whatever their country, whatever time in history, those men and women who are tasked with doing what no human being should have to do, with seeing what no human being should have to see.
Let’s remember these are fallible human beings, as we all are, who had to make split second decisions of life and death and then have had to live with the memories forever.
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Portraits that celebrate the human spirit.
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