It begins with a single question: Do you have a story you need to tell?
Days shy of my 20th birthday I watched, from the comfort of my College dorm, the Twin Towers vaporize over New York; another world-immolating conflict that would be billed as my generation's Vietnam, yet unlike the Vietnam vets, who returned home to ideological disgust from the counter-culture, our vets returned home to a United State of Amnesia quick to forget the previous decade plus of quagmire, a wrecked economy, few job prospects, and an ill-informed public, busy with their own lives, assured that the vets are cared about and being cared for.
Big Voice aims to set the record straight. Here through Video & Audio interviews, photography and personal essays you'll hear from Iraq & Afghanistan veterans in their own words about their experiences abroad and at home. The goal is to raise the visibility of returning veterans and the challenges they face in the return to civilian life, so they receive the support they deserve. We also aim to put cameras into the hands of returning veterans, arming them with the tools and skills to tell their own stories and re-connect with the world through the power of visual media.
Like many men of Generation X, I saw Terrence Malick's Hauntingly incomplete 1998 Adaptation of The Thin Red Line in a virtually empty New York theatre. Overshadowed by its more visceral, yet far less philosophically complex rival Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line ventured into territory few war films had yet dared to tread: War as an internal landscape where the emotional and spiritual implications of man's inhumanity to man presented a greater hazard than guns and bombs. When the credits rolled, I marched straight to the nearest book store and snatched up everything I could find from the man who'd penned the novel the film had been based on - American Novelist and Guadalcanal veteran James Jones.
"It’s an industry, a big business complex," Jones told The Paris Review in 1958. "I don’t think that combat has ever been written about truthfully." What could be more true than going straight to the source?
If you are a veteran or otherwise have a story to share about a veteran in your life, we want the chance to tell your story too. Reach out to us through our Story Submission form on the Main Page.