These images come from British war photographer Jerome Starkey while attached to a U.S. Army Medevac team. He captured this powerful moment of Specialist Jacob Moore from the 101st Airborne while in Afghanistan. This is the story that led to one photo titled the “Million Mile Stare”.
Memorial Day is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come, but more importantly, to remember how we got here. The freedom that we enjoy every day did not always belong to us – we had to fight for it.
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“I was tired,” he remembers. “I was tired of locking up all my sadness, anger, depression, and anxiety and pretending like it didn’t exist. I thought about becoming one of the 22 a day because I didn’t think I deserved to be here anymore and I was just a burden to my family…”
It’s Monday, so let’s take some time to take a few minutes to honor all of those military Chivers out there.
“Physical limitations,” he said, “are just that – physical limitations. They’re not mental limitations. How far are you willing to let that physical limit get ahead of your mentality? It’s all about trusting yourself and your ability, and just surrounding yourself with soul-feeders and you can do anything.
So that’s why I skied down the mountain.”