Lalage Snow is a British filmmaker who’s directed films focusing on women in Afghanistan, the Ebola virus and other social issues. Recently, she did a series of photographs for a project called “We Are Not Dead.” The photographs feature pictures of British soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan. The images were taken in groups of three, with one picture featuring the soldiers seven months before deployment, one featuring them during deployment and one featuring them once they’ve returned home. The photos act as evidence that war truly does change people, even physically. From the expressions on their faces to their skin and features, the soldiers appear drastically different in each of their photos. Take a look for yourself below.
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Suicide. In 2010, an average of 22 veteran committed suicide each day. Veteran men aged 50-59 had the highest suicide rate.
Suicide And Drugs. 33% of those suicides were attributed to side effects of prescription drugs.
Suicide Active Duty. For every active duty service member that dies in battle, 25 die by suicide.
Brain Injury. Between 11 and 20 percent of vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffered traumatic brain injuries which can lead to suicidal thoughts, anger and drastic changes in personality.
Substance Abuse. An estimated 20 percent of soldiers develop alcohol or substance abuse problems after returning home.
Harassment. An estimated 55 percent of women and 38 percent of men report being victims of sexual harassment while in the military.
Time. About 30 percent of returning troops develop mental disorders within three months of returning home.
PTSD. Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed with PTSD.
PTSD. The most common issues soldiers face after deployment is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Arsenal. Keeping the US’ military arsenal in tact costs one percent of the national GDP.
Spending Now. Current military spending is even higher than it was during the Reagan Cold War-era, when spending was monumentally high.
Spending. In the past 13 years, U.S military spending has increased 114 percent.
Issues. Rates of drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide and depression are extremely high amongst soldiers after their deployment.
Prescription Drugs. Around 33% of the U.S. Army is on prescription medications, and nearly a quarter of those are on psychotropic drugs.
The War. There is currently no end date for the war in Afghanistan.