Vic­tor J. Blue

Smithsonian Magazine - - Contributors -

The pho­to­jour­nal­ist first trav­eled to Afghanistan in 2009 to doc­u­ment the coun­terin­sur­gency. On one of his six trips there, he be­came close with Manuel Jimenez, a Ma­rine who had to over­come a se­ri­ous in­jury (p. 30). “Of­ten we look at vets one-di­men­sion­ally—either as he­roes ev­ery one, or as dam­aged goods,” Blue says. “We have to rec­og­nize them as real, mul­ti­fac­eted in­di­vid­u­als.”

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