Masks Created By Veterans Suffering From PTSD Reveal The Agonizing Faces Of War

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provides a unique therapy initiative for soldiers returning from war. The art program is for soldiers returning home from active-duty that have been diagnosed with PTSD, or other psychological health problems. By having these veterans create these masks, it better helps them to cope with the trauma they have witnessed while on tour.

This mask represents the struggle with TBI (traumatic brain injury) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)


This mask depicts the soldiers need to camouflage to try and acclimate himself back into society


Fingerprints on the nose and chin represent resuscitation efforts by this commanding Marine for troops he lost


Mask from an army medic, with the quote…”I have destroyed my life and myself so that others may live”


This soldier’s mask represents his trouble opening up about his emotions


Outer Warrior mask created by one Marine


These stitches represent the healing process of one solider


“The Shock of Death” This mask represents the memory one solider had after seeing an Iraqi killed with a gunshot wound to the head


This mask examines the significance of death and the surviving spirit that exist once a person is killed


‘Emotional Hostage’


A Marine depicts his split sense of ones self


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