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Chris Chris, Gulf War, U. S. Army
oil/canvas 36" x 36"  2011

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From the VETERANS series:

Gulf War, U. S. Army
[Quote below by Chris from a video clip on the Samaritan Village website.]

"I’ve always had this feeling that it was my fault that Tony died.
Because every time he was hit he was where I was supposed to be.
My wife used to tell me everything that happened the night I got wounded.
How do you know- you weren’t there?
My wife said, every night I re-create it — I’m on my knees on the bed, low crawling, screaming on the floor.
I can still feel the burning sensation all over my hand.
Right now there is no choice of using drugs.
I can’t look my children in the face and say Daddy spent the rent money.
I can’t buy you any clothes because Daddy had to get high.
Being here rebuilt my relationships and I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world."

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