In March 2003 the United States military launched an invasion of Iraq. Months afterwards rumors began circulating about human rights violations in military prison facilities throughout occupied Iraq. In January 2004, an Army MP serving in Abu Ghraib Prison left a disc containing photographs of prisoner abuse on the bed of a military investigator. The photographs were infamous the moment they came to public attention, and the face of the Iraq War was re-drawn as Abu Ghraib and sadistic American soldiers. However, soldiers have lived and bled and died protecting the human rights of detainees at Abu Ghraib, and the present work details the courage, resolve, and mercy of the soldiers of 344th Combat Support Hospital, Army reservists from New York who were also present at the Twin Towers scene on September 11, 2001.
Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr., works for Suffolk County civil service and spends his free time promoting a charity for permanently disabled veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project. He lives in Medford, New York.