Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
From War to Home: Through the Veteran's Lens
A moving exhibit of photos and narratives by Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is now on display at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. The exhibit, From War to Home: Through the Veteran's Lens, explores the realities of military service through words and images from Veterans. The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of the Medical Center until January.
“This powerful exhibit gives voice to Veterans’ diverse experiences and perspectives,” said Mark E. Kunik, M.D., Associate Director of the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence and Director of the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center. (MIRECC). “The moving exhibit images bear witness to the health impacts of military service and deployment during a time of war and reveal the personal views of the men and women behind the lens.”
The exhibit From War to Home Through the Veterans Lens grew out of a year-long collaboration between researchers at the Philadelphia VA and Veterans who deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). With funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the group employed a method called Photovoice to help OEF/OIF Veterans tell their stories of military service, deployment, and homecoming. Veteran participants were given cameras and asked to tell their stories of military service, deployment, and homecoming. They took pictures of their daily lives, gathered photos from their personal collections, and described the meaning behind each image. The resulting display is a moving group of photos and narratives.
From War to Home invites reflection on the personal and collective costs of war and stimulates dialogue between Veterans and those who wish to welcome them home. The exhibit has traveled the country since 2012 and been installed at VA Medical Centers, schools of Nursing and Medicine, national academic conferences, and college campuses. The exhibit is intended to stimulate dialogue and build bridges between Veterans and those who wish to welcome them home. Veterans of all service eras often recognize their own experiences and perspectives in the exhibit photo-narratives, while non-Veterans gain a deeper understanding of the personal and collective costs of war.
Veterans, employees and members of the general public are welcome and encouraged to visit the From War to Home exhibit, which is located near the Medical Center canteen on the first floor across from a World War II Veteran display.