The sacrifices wounded soldiers endure earns them the respect and gratitude of an entire nation. But one photographer sought to put them in a whole new context.
This inspirational series by an innovative photographer will hopefully accomplish just that.
There's a phenomenon known as the "fog of war."
When things get violent and chaotic for soldiers, they have a tendency to forget details during gunfights and clashes.
That's exactly what happened to this man, Staff Sergeant Bobby Henline back in 2007.
He recalls, “I was in the lead vehicle. The only thing I remember is having coffee that morning.”
While patrolling in Iraq, an IED went off very close the vehicle he was in.
Everyone in the vehicle died but Henline, who survived the initial blast with terrible burns covering almost half his body.
72 hours after the blast, he was in a burn ward in San Antonio, Texas.
He survived, but his left arm was amputated in the process of saving his life.
It's been nine years and 44 surgeries later...
…and Henline has an entirely new life. He opened a restaurant that hires veterans to help them adjust to life outside of service.
He told People, “I’m trying to give back. This is a great way to do it, through empowerment and food.”