The Purple Heart. It’s one of only a few medals you hope to never get. When I was wounded, it was during a month that was already fraught with casualties and violence. April of 2004 was the 1st Cavalry’s initiation to the new face of warfare.
To my brothers who have been or are still in the fight, I wish you well. To those wounded, may you persevere over this new challenge, both mentally and physically.
The day I finished this piece was the 9 year anniversary of the day Specialist Justin Johnson died. A therapeutic, if emotionally draining, endeavor. April is too full of harsh memories.
Aaron Provost is an artist, combat wounded veteran, dogs best friend, former firefighter, gaming nerd, geek, occasional hermit, world builder, and internet junkie with a hefty caffeine addiction. In recent years his focus has been on creating fun and interesting illustrations as well as the creation of work that centers on his military past and present. He currently resides in North Carolina near Camp Lejeune with his two dogs Titan and Molly.
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