Brian Scott Ostrom says it's been hard to find meaning in his life since 2007, when he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. After serving four years as a reconnaissance man and deploying twice to Iraq, Scott returned home to the U.S. with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Since his discharge, Scott has struggled with daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships. But most of all, he's struggled to overcome his brutal and haunting memories of Iraq. Nearly five years later, Scott remains conflicted by the war. Though he is proud of his service and cares greatly for his fellow Marines, he still carries guilt for things he did - and didn't do - fighting a war he no longer believes in.
Craig Walker joined the staff of The Denver Post in 1998 and has covered a broad range of stories including 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States military, PTSD, the Occupy movement and daily life in Colorado. Raised in York, PA., Walker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Photography and began his career working for the Marlborough Enterprise and the Berkshire Eagle in western Mass. Craig was named Photographer of the Year for 2011 by Pictures of The Year International. In 2010, Craig won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography "for his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood." Craig's work was exhibited at The International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan France in 2010. Craig's photography has also been honored by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Editor & Publisher's, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, POYi, National Headliner's, Unicef, ASNE and SND.