I’ve been photographing veteran Darnell Rias for several months now. Rias was a Marine serving in Afghanistan when the MATV he was driving was hit by an IED. He shattered vertebrae and still feels the effects of the traumatic brian injury that explosion caused.
His life changing injuries ended his career as a Marine and now, retired, he faces new challenges. He just started taking classes at HACC and moved into his own apartment. He joined the Marines straight out of high school, so it’s the first time he has ever lived alone. You can follow Darnell’s story at americanhomecomings.com along with the stories of several other veterans across the country. Below is a slideshow of photos from the latest installment of Darnell’s story. Check back in every two months and see how he’s doing.