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By the 1850s, newspapers had started sending photographers to document wars. Today, photography has become an expected standard of the media’s coverage of conflict. Portraiture can add a personal, individualized connection between civilians and soldiers.
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Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell recently returned from his third deployment in Afghanistan. He was named the U.S. Army Journalist of the Year in 2010 and uses photography to document his experiences in the military. He reflects on his service and the gratitude he has for the veterans who served before him.
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Tom Sanders photographed World War II veterans for his book, “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WW2.” Some of the subjects are shown with artifacts from their service. “I wanted to make people more aware of our veterans’ sacrifices and help put people’s lives into perspective,” he says.
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CNN Hero Roy Foster runs a facility that provides food, shelter and a safe place to recover for homeless male veterans. His motivation to help these men is personal: He used to be one of them. Photographer Joe Raedle speaks about his experience working with Foster.