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Iraq War veteran Mike MacDonald's photos combat PTSD with honesty

Minneapolis resident Mike MacDonald took up photography on a lark, while he was studying to become an EMT at Inver Hills Community College, but soon realized the visual medium allowed him to explore some of the things that he and other war veterans experienced when reintroduced to civil society. MacDonald served five years in the U.S. Army police corps., and was involved in 250 missions during his year in Iraq. 


When he returned, MacDonald continued serving as law enforcement on military bases, where he came face-to-face with more fallout from war among his fellow soldiers, many of whom experienced extreme forms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MacDonald's project, A Warrior's Reintegration, is meant to raise awareness and make progress on the high rate of suicide among former active-duty military members. Find out more about his work at MacDonald's website