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Photos of Soldiers Faces Before and After War

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Mesmerizing Photographs Of Soldiers' Faces Before And After A War

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While the emotional repercussions of war aren't easy to measure, the before, during, and after pictures of soldiers who have seen combat tell a pretty unsettling story. There's something mesmerizing about these photographs, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Full disclosure: I had to resize these to get them to fit on the page. I didn't intend to distort porportions so if they look weird in that way blame me, not the photographer.

 http://www.upworthy.com/mesmerizing-photographs-of-soldiers-faces-before-and-after-a-war?c=upw1

by on May. 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on May. 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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First of all, Vietnam is a MUCH different war than today's wars.

My father is a Vietnam Vet and he doesn't talk about his time over there... But he still has a heart and soul.

My husband is ramping up for his 4th deployment soon as yes he has been in dangerous life or death situations.





Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say that about ALL military. But we knew too many POW's and army men who were in Vietnam who lost it.
Was your hubby a POW or did he nearly get killed while in action ?
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'll be honest, Your reply just makes me angry...



My husband has not lost his heart or soul as you imply. He also has not lost his humanity. To make such an assumption about so many people is just ignorant. Are some affected more by war than others? Absolutely. But that does NOT mean they lost their heart, soul, or humanity.


Quoting lga1965:

I don't think war is good for anyone's soul or humanity. Who would be happy about causing death and destruction to people who probably have nothing to do with the politics involved. They won't recover from that. They certainly don't "look more alive". In better shape...physically ,maybe,but what about their minds ?


War sucks. If I had received a draft notice in the 1960's and could have been sent to Southeast Asia, I would have gone to Canada. It was not a legitimate war. War kills heart and soul. We knew Air Force flyers who never recovered. Physically they looked fine.
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

 Their eyes are haunting. 

lga1965
by on May. 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM
PTSD....it exists. I think you are taking this too personally. I am discussing what happens to men IN battle, almost being shot out of the sky as my Dh was over North Vietnam. Or having a friend in a bunker in Saigon killed right next to you, as happened to my brother. The POW's are permanently damaged.
Some lose heart and soul.
So your hubby didn't. I am very happy for you both.
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

First of all, Vietnam is a MUCH different war than today's wars.



My father is a Vietnam Vet and he doesn't talk about his time over there... But he still has a heart and soul.



My husband is ramping up for his 4th deployment soon as yes he has been in dangerous life or death situations.











Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say that about ALL military. But we knew too many POW's and army men who were in Vietnam who lost it.
Was your hubby a POW or did he nearly get killed while in action ?
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'll be honest, Your reply just makes me angry...



My husband has not lost his heart or soul as you imply. He also has not lost his humanity. To make such an assumption about so many people is just ignorant. Are some affected more by war than others? Absolutely. But that does NOT mean they lost their heart, soul, or humanity.


Quoting lga1965:

I don't think war is good for anyone's soul or humanity. Who would be happy about causing death and destruction to people who probably have nothing to do with the politics involved. They won't recover from that. They certainly don't "look more alive". In better shape...physically ,maybe,but what about their minds ?


War sucks. If I had received a draft notice in the 1960's and could have been sent to Southeast Asia, I would have gone to Canada. It was not a legitimate war. War kills heart and soul. We knew Air Force flyers who never recovered. Physically they looked fine.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on May. 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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Of course I take it personally.

My husband has been IN battle. He has lost friends (4 right in front of him when they opened a rigged door). He has been shot at and has shot at others...

I am tired of people like you who make these men out to be heartless soulless monsters. I am tired of people hearing my husband is a Marine and automatically assuming he has no conscience and is devoid of emotion. I am tired of people stating that serving in the military means you like to kill people and you must have no humanity. So yes I take it VERY personally.
Quoting lga1965:

PTSD....it exists. I think you are taking this too personally. I am discussing what happens to men IN battle, almost being shot out of the sky as my Dh was over North Vietnam. Or having a friend in a bunker in Saigon killed right next to you, as happened to my brother. The POW's are permanently damaged.
Some lose heart and soul.
So your hubby didn't. I am very happy for you both.
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

First of all, Vietnam is a MUCH different war than today's wars.



My father is a Vietnam Vet and he doesn't talk about his time over there... But he still has a heart and soul.



My husband is ramping up for his 4th deployment soon as yes he has been in dangerous life or death situations.













Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say that about ALL military. But we knew too many POW's and army men who were in Vietnam who lost it.
Was your hubby a POW or did he nearly get killed while in action ?
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'll be honest, Your reply just makes me angry...



My husband has not lost his heart or soul as you imply. He also has not lost his humanity. To make such an assumption about so many people is just ignorant. Are some affected more by war than others? Absolutely. But that does NOT mean they lost their heart, soul, or humanity.


Quoting lga1965:

I don't think war is good for anyone's soul or humanity. Who would be happy about causing death and destruction to people who probably have nothing to do with the politics involved. They won't recover from that. They certainly don't "look more alive". In better shape...physically ,maybe,but what about their minds ?


War sucks. If I had received a draft notice in the 1960's and could have been sent to Southeast Asia, I would have gone to Canada. It was not a legitimate war. War kills heart and soul. We knew Air Force flyers who never recovered. Physically they looked fine.
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Momtoela
by on May. 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Some if them look like they aged a lot, probably from stress
Susan0805
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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I'm a vet, my husband is active duty, most of our friends are active duty. WTHeck don't have a heart and soul? Your future replies were back peddling. You shouldn't generalize military members based on one or two people you think you know.

Quoting lga1965:

PTSD....it exists. I think you are taking this too personally. I am discussing what happens to men IN battle, almost being shot out of the sky as my Dh was over North Vietnam. Or having a friend in a bunker in Saigon killed right next to you, as happened to my brother. The POW's are permanently damaged.
Some lose heart and soul.
So your hubby didn't. I am very happy for you both.
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

First of all, Vietnam is a MUCH different war than today's wars.



My father is a Vietnam Vet and he doesn't talk about his time over there... But he still has a heart and soul.



My husband is ramping up for his 4th deployment soon as yes he has been in dangerous life or death situations.













Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say that about ALL military. But we knew too many POW's and army men who were in Vietnam who lost it.
Was your hubby a POW or did he nearly get killed while in action ?
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'll be honest, Your reply just makes me angry...



My husband has not lost his heart or soul as you imply. He also has not lost his humanity. To make such an assumption about so many people is just ignorant. Are some affected more by war than others? Absolutely. But that does NOT mean they lost their heart, soul, or humanity.


Quoting lga1965:

I don't think war is good for anyone's soul or humanity. Who would be happy about causing death and destruction to people who probably have nothing to do with the politics involved. They won't recover from that. They certainly don't "look more alive". In better shape...physically ,maybe,but what about their minds ?


War sucks. If I had received a draft notice in the 1960's and could have been sent to Southeast Asia, I would have gone to Canada. It was not a legitimate war. War kills heart and soul. We knew Air Force flyers who never recovered. Physically they looked fine.
rfurlongg
by on May. 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM
That was the first thing that caught my attention as well.

Quoting purpleducky:

Anyone else notice that the eyes change drastically during?

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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Lighting is different in the pictures to make differences more dramatic. That being said way changes you. I know my brother looks a lot different since he got back.
Canadiana
by on May. 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I think some of you are taking this much too personally, I don't blame you, but she really didn't mean it that way.  I think what she really meant is it changes you, and anyone who says it doesn't change you is kidding themselves.  Also realize there is a lot these men hide from their loved ones, no matter how close.  You don't return the same person you were, that's undeniable.

lady-J-Rock
by Member on May. 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Why no pictures of women before during and after?
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