Casualties Of War

A disturbing collection of green, plastic Army Men in distinctly nontraditional poses, “Casualties of War” from the art collective Dorothy, aims to shed light on some of the awful challenges that face soldiers returning from war. It was specifically inspired by a story on one battalion:

The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazette 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 personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.

There was also a Frontline episode, “The Wounded Platoon”, which investigates the tragedy surrounding the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry from Fort Carson, for those who are interested. Dorothy’s project is, perhaps, a bit heavy handed in its execution, but it nevertheless draws attention to an all too real and unspoken problem.

Via who killed bambi?

One Response to “Casualties Of War”

  1. Krigsoffer « Imagonem Says:

    […] [Coilhouse's Ross Rosenberg] må gis rett i at kunstkollektivet [Dorothy's] gjennomføring ikke er helt lett på labben her. Men jo, et par nerveceller vrir seg nok i kognitiv dissonans hos de fleste. Og da er kanskje jobben gjort? For meg kommer et par glimt av saker som er usynlige i de fleste narrative og simulerende spill; Space Marines sitter ikke i rullestol. For spillskapere må det finnes mye upløyd mark og usagte ord om krigens sosiale ringvirkninger. […]