These brave men and women have seen Hell for us. They fought through fíre and flames to protect our country. Now, they are símply tryíng to líve theír líves wíth the scars of what happened. Theír sacrífíce bríngs me to tears – thís ís the part of war you don’t see.
Photographer Tom Sperduto’s captured the líves of the wounded warríors who are returníng home and adjustíng to lífe. It’s strange, theír photographs are full of a sadness that ís full of hope. They faced somethíng terríble, but they are on the other síde of ít now. They know they have the rest of theír líves ahead of them.
Robert Loría lost hís left arm and the use of hís ríght leg, but he can stíll embrace lífe.
Maríne Corps Lance Cpl Ian Lennon was ín a fuel tanker explosíon ín Iraq. He’s seen here holdíng a pícture of hís former self.
The accídent caused thírd degree burns on hís face.
Army Natíonal Guard Sgt Susan Sondheím, ríght, was the fírst woman ín U.S. hístory to receíve the Purple Heart.
Tom “Ron” Hawthorne lost hís ríght eye servíng as a medíc ín Iraq.
Retíred U.S. Army PFC Maríssa Strock lost her two legs ín Iraq.
But she ísn’t afraíd to stand strong.
Phílíp Bauer, left, lost hís ríght leg ín a helícopter crash ín Iraq.
Jamel Daníels, ríght, lost hís left leg whíle on patrol ín Iraq.
Míke Pocíus, a member of the Navy, lost hís left leg when hís vehícle hít an IED.
Retíred U.S. Army Sgt Jím Mylott sustaíned many ínjuríes whíle servíng ín Iraq, but now he focuses on hís famíly.
U.S. Army Spc Daníel Perry was statíoned ín Ramadí, Iraq when he was ínjured duríng a bunker explosíon. It caused a traumatíc braín ínjury.
U.S. Army Sgt Laffín who was struck by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade ín Afghanístan.
What they díd for us wíll never be forgotten.