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January 5, 2008
Photographer Jessica Hines has been trying to gain a better personal understanding about what happened to her brother during his days of fighting the US war in Vietnam. He had been drafted against his will in 1967, as many others were, and returned two years later as a damaged man to a splintered family, a victim of "service connected nervous disorder". Ten years after that, he took his own life.
Hines has collected and photographed the letters that he wrote, and more recently, she travelled to Vietnam to retrace his steps, using the letters and photos that he sent home as her guide. She also writes quite eloquently about her brother, and her subsequent search to uncover some sort of truthful understanding. You can see and read more at her web site.