19 in x 12.5
Printed on 140 weight French Paper Co. paper
Letterpress printing by Horwinski Printing
Edition of 180 with 5 APs.
The first 113 of the edition are in the “Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War — Ten years of fighting for peace and justice” portfolio
Statement for IVAW portfolio
A key part of Iraq Veterans Against the War, one that could be easily overlooked, is the spirit of the membership. Nearly all of the members, at some point in their service, went about their lives not knowing if they would be alive within a week, a month, the next year, much less today in 2014. In addition to this profound uncertainty, many witnessed or were involved with death and destruction first hand.
Then they come home. Somehow, still alive. Sorting through various issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, physical pain, loss, and unknown mental struggles, but they are back. And somehow, still alive.
In my interactions with IVAW members I’ve seen how life itself feels both unexpected, and respected in a way I can barely imagine. Living is an opportunity. Today is bonus. IVAW members have been through war, survived, and been given more days to walk on earth. Then chosen, with their extra-innings, to work towards peace and justice. To end war. Not all are able to wade through these feelings, reflect upon themselves and existence, and reach the same conclusion. This spirit of growth, humanity, and vitality is to be celebrated.
— Steve Lambert