“Across 10 years, two fronts, and three million deployments, our troops have chronicled a story few could ever know. Nearly 50,000 of them have become casualties and almost 3 times that number have battled PTSD.”
Jaeson Parsons is more than a West Virginia native and former combat medic. He is a PTSD survivor who has worked to collect nearly 10,000 pictures of graffiti artwork created by soldiers fighting overseas, mainly those in Iraq.
Murals of 911, dog tags of fighting soldiers, meaningful words in front of haunting images, are all being compiled into a book.
After injuring his back during a tour, Jaeson was forced to leave the battle ground and ended up fighting another battle at home, PTSD.
“I was drinking a lot, I was abusing drugs and in Christmas of 2009 I had to go to a VA center for mental health,” said Parsons. “It took me months before I got to the point where I just saw them (injured soldiers) as a job and not a person,” he said.
With his wife’s encouragement, he founded this project and discovered it eased his emotional pain.
Parsons said unless someone was there to experience it themselves, this (art) is one of the closest things to feeling what those fighting for our country are going through.
Parsons said the proceeds from the book will go to different organizations that help to rehabilitate soldiers suffering from “internal wounds,” like PTSD.
Donations will be directed toward programs outside of traditional therapy that use music, art or animals as pathways toward a good mindset. For more information on how you can get involved in the “Graffiti of War” Project visit: www.GraffitiofWar. com.