Green Army Men as Casualties of War

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Wed, Jun 22nd, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Artist collective We Are Dorothy created this series of green army men it calls "Casualties of War," to reflect on the state of mind of soldiers returning from Iraq and their difficulty adjusting to normality once back home. As the webpage explains:

The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazettea published a two-part series entitled "Casualties of War". The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males. A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear little about the

The figurines are not for sale. Permission to re-use the above image was granted by We Are Dorothy's Ali Johnson.

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