"Jim Lommasson is correct -- we have been denied the real stories and "emotional jolt" of war and those who experienced it. Exit Wounds is a powerful and moving corrective to this condition. Through raw, wise and honest testimonials of warriors and Jim's photographs that pierce into their emotional and spiritual lives and truth, Exit Wounds helps restore our awareness about the descent to hell that is war, the transformative dimensions of military experience, and the struggle to find the path home. Exit Wounds awakens and pierces with our denied truths. It provides our survivors necessary voice and portraiture, helping bring them home and making our recent wars, as they should, belong to us all."
--Edward Tick, Ph.D., Director, Soldier's Heart Author: War and the Soul and Warrior's Return
little long-term, intensive VA outpatient program, for which I was the
psychiatrist for 20+ years, had the slogan, “Recovery happens only in
community.” Nothing is more important to the formation of community
than its stock of images and stories. This book brings the faces and
the voices of today’s veterans to you, the reader. Look and listen.
They are us. As Aristotle said, a philos—Greek for military comrade,
family member, fellow citizen—is “another myself.” ALL of the varied
veterans and service members in this book are US."
--Dr. Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, Author: Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming
your first experience with EXIT WOUNDS was anything like mine, you are
right now a little bit angry, a little bit sad, a great bit proud of the
young men and women in these pages, and achingly grateful to Jim
Lommasson for training his thoughtful and humble eye on these soldiers,
sailors, and marines."
--Anthony Swofford, Author of the military memoirs Jarhead and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails.
said he didn't want to construct a political statement for or against
the current wars. He wanted to listen to veterans who served. And so,
veterans began to sit down with him. They are loving parents; bright,
ambitious students; or impassioned veteran advocates, despite their own
--Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian
"Jim Lommasson's Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan
is not about art. It's not about politics or journalism either. It's
about raw human experience: The suffering, the triumphs, the fear, the
pride, the visceral truths that confront every individual touched by the
violence of war."
--Megan Driscol, PORT
"Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan
is a subtle meditation on the intimate experience of war. Lommasson
illustrates through images, stories and reflections the singular truth
that war, beyond a political or economic event, is an experience, and as
any experience, as infinitely varied and idiosyncratic as the
individuals who experience it."
-- Jonathan Wei, The Telling Project
experienced the heartbreaking and profound stories directly from the
soldiers themselves. The American public has been allowed to function
without much awareness of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We were told to
go shopping, while soldiers sent abroad returned with their souls,
bodies, and consciences shredded, their lives forever altered. Until we
hear their stories and accept what we’ve all allowed to happen, the
collective denial of “Americanism” is allowed to persist, and the number
of these stories increases."
--Dahr Jamail, Author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.
Jim Lommasson is a recipient of The Dorothea Lange - Paul Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.