The people I photographed did not survive what happened to them on the combat fields of the American wars in the last 50 years. This project is about veterans, who still battle with their combat memories; survive without being heroes and whose life is a lesson for future generation politics.
Around one-fourth of all homeless Americans are veterans, and more than 75 percent of them have some sort of mental or substance abuse problem, often PTSD, according to the Homeless Veterans coalition.
Nearly 300,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in USA, and almost half of them served during the Vietnam era, according to the Homeless Veterans coalition.
The research I did led me to the Black Veterans for Social Justice Coalition – private, nonprofit organization, created to help by providing mental health support groups, as well as roof for those who are homeless.
I started visiting the Groups for mental health support in Brooklyn and Manhattan to become familiar with their participants. Most of the veterans implicated in the groups were people who still suffered from their combat memories which caused them PTSD, general anxiety disorder or substance abuse and homelessness as a result. After a few visits I proposed to them to be photographed for my project „The endless war at home“ about homeless veterans from different US wars.