After years in different combat zones, photographer Finbarr O’Reilly and Sgt. T.J. Brennan ended up together in Afghanistan. Their bond, forged under fire, has been renewed as they face the painful aftermath of combat back home. Sgt. Brennan has turned to writing in his quest to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and is now a frequent contributor to the New York Times At War blog. O’Reilly uses his Nieman fellowship at Harvard to study psychology and the impact of trauma on mind and body. Now, both are collaborating on a book.
On Monday, I was in a conversation with T.J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly to talk about their story of friendship, loss, struggle and recovery. Here is the full video of two remarkable men discussing their experiences.