by SSgt Jodi Martinez

Sharon A. Lone, Operation Military Kids Coordinator gives comfort to a wounded warrior supporter while the Lieutenant Dan Band plays  "Proud to Be an American" during concert held for severely wounded veterans, Charleston, S.C., Sept. 14, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jodi Martinez/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


It's not easy to stand in front of someone with a camera during a vulnerable moment.  During this shoot I was worried because I didn't want to cross the line between being intrusive and ensuring that I was capturing history.  I'm very concerned about peoples feeling because I want my work to bridge gaps and connect people.  I feel that those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Terminal Brain Injury (TBI) due to war deserve our understanding and support.  This is another photo in the series from when I was covering the Lt. Dan Band concert.  I spent the entire week with wounded warriors, supporters, and their families.  I established a rapport with them that I will always value.