Amy Waddell, Huffington Post
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The fact that David Wood's "Beyond the Battlefield" series for Huffington Post won the Pulitzer Prize this week (April 15-21), may be a sign that we are ready to ask the question; "Why are we more comfortable sending men and women into combat, than we seem to be with embracing and aiding those same individuals, often profoundly scarred internally and externally, when they return to civilian life?"
As a storyteller, filmmaker I am working to shine a light on another worthy hero - a woman who championed those whose lives had been profoundly and forever changed by war.
Nearly 100 years ago, American figurative artist Anna Coleman Ladd led a heroic crusade through the nights of Paris where a nocturnal culture of human gargoyles was rapidly growing. These soldiers were hiding, but not by choice. The powers in place at that time in French history had asked these "gueules cassees", men with broken faces, not to show their severely disfigured selves in public, as it was feared the very sight of them would crush civilian morale.
Series | "Beyond The Battlefield" -- The Book ~ David Wood, Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
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