There is hardly a day that goes by that I’m  not searching for the stories and images that I share here with you. Today on my quest I came across a website based out of Boson that shares the news…through pictures. As you may have noticed, I’m a sucker for great images, (especially of our finest at work defending our country) but what makes the next set of images signifigant (for me) is when and where they were shot. (no pun intended).

The link below will direct you to the gallery of 43 images taken in 2010 during one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan. Marjah, Helmand Province. This is where a young man with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment fought side by side with his brother and sisters in arms. He was deployed and redeployed to this war zone three times. After seperation (honorable discharge) from the Marines, my dear friend stuggled with intergrating back into civilian life while fighting the demons that followed him home. It proved to be too much for our warrior and he succumed to a self inflicted gunshot…#Stop22ADay

So needless to say, when I see images of Marjah and the battle our defendeders fought, I search the faces for my friend. I have yet to see him but I will never stop looking.

Rest Easy, Denver. You are missed and loved…Semper Fi.

The battle of Marjah
A Soldier rests. Helmand Province, Afghanistan

*The following is from the article where these images were published.

In southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Thousands of American, Afghan and British troops entered Marja in the biggest offensive of the war, with the goal of destroying the Taliban’s largest haven and restoring government presence in southern Afghanistan. Resistance was sporadic and fierce as troops seized positions around the area. Stricter combat rules and a concerted effort by the Afghan government and NATO forces were aimed at not only protecting the civilian population, but planning for the aftermath, building infrastructure, support and trust in an area long dominated by the Taliban. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (43 photos total)