Veterans Day, a photo diary

Truthfully, I can’t fit seven years of military photography and service as a Public Affairs Specialist (journalist, photojournalist, media relations) into one post. Okay, yes I can, but then I would feel rushed, you know? And I don’t want to rush when talking about the military, the wonderful Soldiers I’ve met or the experiences I’ve had.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin as far as talking about my experiences, so instead, I wanted to share some imagery I shot from my deployment to Iraq from 2009-2010. This doesn’t scratch the surface of how many images I have to share, but this is a good start. I’m actually in the process of rebranding and I’ll be adding a military category to my new design, so this isn’t the last you’ll see. I also have a more in-depth project in the works with the stories behind many of these images.

If you’re reading this, thank you. Also, please remember that although we (veterans) are a part of the general population, there are many invisible scars and silent cries for help that often go ignored. PTSD is very real, and also some Soldiers have trouble readjusting to ‘regular’ life after they come home (or still have trouble adjusting even after years of being home.) So this Veteran’s Day, think about those who have served, but also remember that some are still fighting internal wars.  Here are 10 ways to support and honor veterans that are really worth checking out ( I personally love the idea of the Veterans History Project.) Also, if you have the time, this is a great TED Talk on why you often hear Soldiers say they ‘miss the war.’

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Soldier scans his sector during night patrol mission

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

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Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

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Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

Deployed Soldier shares deployment experiences

Sharing my military experience on Veterans Day

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  • Cassandra, these photos are absolutely stunning! Thank you for giving me an insight into a world I don’t know much about.

    • cassandramonroe

      Thanks for reading, Lizzie!

  • These are absolutely beautiful, Thank you so much for sharing and thank-you, thank-you for your service! My husband is deployed right now and is hopefully going to be home for good by the holidays, I can’t wait! He is actually from a NE guard unit, so I thought it was such a small world that you quoted someone from the NE Guard.

    Blessings!

    • cassandramonroe

      Best of luck to your husband, and thanks SO much for reading, Courtney! The military is SUCH a small world, that’s too funny that he’s in the Nebraska Guard too!

  • Wow! Powerful imagery. Great job!

    • cassandramonroe

      Thanks Chelsea!

  • Such a powerful, moving, post! Thank you so much for this!

  • Fran

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Veterans Day!

    • cassandramonroe

      Thank you for your support, Fran!

  • Beautiful photos Cassandra, thank you for sharing!