For Those Who Served: Stories from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
The United States has been at war since most current college students were in elementary school, yet for many millennials the wars remain a blurry backdrop to their lives. In 2014, students from Case Western Reserve University spent the bulk of the fall semester capturing stories of veterans and the people who treat them in an attempt to learn from the lives that are often overlooked inside the nation's third largest VA Medical Center, which sits only a few hundred yards from their dorms.
The Last Laugh
Inside the Prosthetics Lab at the VAMC, patients often use dry, dark, and sometimes morbid humor to overcome loss.
Changing Front Lines
A 29 year-old former combat infantry soldier has traded his body armor for nurse’s scrubs, and now cares for men and women who also fought on the front lines as far back as World War II.
Pictures of Friendship
After surviving potentially-devastating spinal cord injuries, two veterans find a second chance in a pair of digital cameras and a drive to see life through a new lens.
Seeing a New Life
Along with traditional tools such as canes and seeing-eye-dogs, many veterans are embracing 21st century technology to find new ways to navigate life after their service.