Paying With Their Bodies
American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran
ISBN10: 022621009X ISBN13: 9780226210094 Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr Published: Mar 23 2015 Pages: 358 Weight: 1.40lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Christian Bagge, an Iraq War veteran, lost both his legs in a roadside bomb attack on his Humvee in 2006. Months after the accident, outfitted with sleek new prosthetic legs, he jogged alongside President Bush for a photo op at the White House. The photograph served many functions, one of them being to revive faith in an American martial ideal?that war could be fought without permanent casualties, and that innovative technology could easily repair war’s damage. When Bagge was awarded his Purple Heart, however, military officials asked him to wear pants to the ceremony, saying that photos of the event should be ?soft on the eyes.