“I want to let the families know that the soldiers were taken care of from the time of the incident to the return to the final resting place.” —Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Holden, 34, Mortuary Affairs Specialist. Photographed at the Mortuary Affairs Collection Point, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
In his series “Soldiers’ Angels,” photographer Philip Cheung focuses on the American soldiers who prepare the bodies of their dead comrades in arms for return to the United States. Cheung spoke with Mother Jones photo editor Mark Murrmann about his project. To read the interview and see more of the mortuary series, go here.