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PTSD Modern Army Men


Someone passed me these images recently.  I was impressed.  They originate from this person here, named “Dorothy“, and it’s called the Casualties of War Boxed set.   Four plastic figures sculpted in a fashion evocative of the plastic army men of my childhood, only with a darker side– one soldier is frozen in the act of suicide, another is begging on the street, another is an amputee in a wheelchair.

Sadly, beneath the tragicomic imagery, there exists a real problem.  Don’t get the wrong idea.  I don’t consider the problems faced by returning soldiers to be remotely amusing.  However, I wonder if kids had little green army men like this in their toy chests, would we be willing to embrace the idea of a war so readily?

Images: originally on LET’S PLAY ARMY MEN

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