For those of us who have never been to war, it is hard to understand exactly what a soldier goes through from the recruitment to deployment, and then to returning home again. This is how an American Soldier is made.
For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat.
I think that this is a great project, and an awesome way for the public to see exactly how the young men and women of this country handle such a mind blowing responsibility. Most of the enlisted men and women in the armed forces are fresh out of high school and it is suprising to me that they are able to handle the pressure so well. My good friend Zach has completed a tour in Iraq, and for that I thank him. It might have always been hard for people to understand exactly what he went though, and maybe this photo essay can help with that. He is a patriot and a soldier through and though. He also looks like Teddy Ruxpin, just sayin, Zach.