10 Shocking Before And After Pictures Of Afghanistan War Soldiers

A harrowing look at the sacrifices made in war. 

10 Shocking Before And After Pictures Of Afghanistan War Soldiers
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Filmmaker Lalage Snow has released some shocking images of the faces of British soldiers before, during, and after the war in Afghanistan. The photos are part of the series entitled "We Are Not Dead" and shed light on the mental and physical effects that war has on young soldiers. The purpose of the project is to sensitize people to what these young servicemen are going through.

#1 Those Who Survived Were Forever Scarred

#1 Those Who Survived Were Forever Scarred

The project brings out the shocking truth about the way war affects our soldiers.

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#2 Emotionally, Physically, Permanently Marred

#2 Emotionally, Physically, Permanently Marred
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It's easy to read a newspaper story about military conflict or watch a movie based on true events, but it is quite another to see the physical change.

#3 Drastic Change

#3 Drastic Change
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Some differences are subtle, yet some changes are quite heartbreaking and drastic.

#4 'Neath The Ground They Had Given Their Lives To Keep Free

#4 'Neath The Ground They Had Given Their Lives To Keep Free
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The true words are spoken in the eyes of a soldier who has experienced events civilians would never even dream of in our scariest nightmares.

#5 With A Hand Upon My Heart, I Feel The Pride And Respect; My Reverence Is Revealed

#5 With A Hand Upon My Heart, I Feel The Pride And Respect; My Reverence Is Revealed
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When a soldier comes home from deployment, it is important to keep everything out in open. Ask the soldier what he or she wants to do, what they want to talk about, and what they feel like sharing.

#6 In The Tears That Now Stream Down My Upturned Face

#6 In The Tears That Now Stream Down My Upturned Face
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The most common conditions a soldier can have when coming home from deployment are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

#7 As Our Flag Waves Above You, In Her Glory And Grace

#7 As Our Flag Waves Above You, In Her Glory And Grace
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According to the Deployment Health Clinical Center, servicemembers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq are 30% more likely to suffer a TBI while PTSD can affect around 30% of servicemembers as well.

#8 Freedom Was The Gift That You Unselfishly Gave

#8 Freedom Was The Gift That You Unselfishly Gave
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Even the reintegration process can be difficult because soldiers go from being on their toes and running on all cylinders 24/7 to about 30 days of straight leave.

#9 Pain And Death Was The Price That You Ultimately Paid

#9 Pain And Death Was The Price That You Ultimately Paid
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Fortunately, there are countless resources available for veterans returning home from the Veterans Affairs to many nonprofit organizations like Wounded Warriors, that have been started by veterans themselves.

#10 Every Day, I Give My Utmost Admiration To Those Who Had Fought To Defend Our Nation

#10 Every Day, I Give My Utmost Admiration To Those Who Had Fought To Defend Our Nation
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It's important to know that reintegration can take time and patience, but the changes are very real and prove that war still continues even after treaties have been signed.

Do you believe that war is a solution of anything?