KHOWST PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 2008: US Staff Sergeant Daniel from Charlie Company, 1/503rd, 173rd Brigade, uses bottles of water to wash at Speray Combat Outpost in Khowst province, Afghanistan, May 17, 2008.
2010-2012. To understand war you must study humanity and violence,
and to understand both
is the only means by which to prevent.
The purpose of Our men [and women] was to share my research and learning about soldiering to capture the attention of civilians and encourage them to think at depth about the experiences of American men and women who go to war.
The blog is comprised of mostly photos and quotes, and because I believe there is something to be said about bypassing today's media and learning straight from soldiers themselves, nearly every post featured is something said, written or created by soldiers or veterans. The exception would be writings by such figures as famed WWII journalist Ernie Pyle, whos work unveils what I like to call the "universal truths of soldiering" - aspects of soldiering that do not change with location or time. The only other exceptions are my findings, which I state as "rules" and try to uphold as a standard by which to think about and treat our soldiers.
If you are seeking a deeper understanding of soldiers, war, and how Americans live with war I suggest one thing: think of soldiers in the most personal way possible; think of them as your own brothers, sisters, friends, or family--the smart and good people whom you love.