Former staff photographer Rick Loomis was born in North Carolina, raised in Florida and graduated from Western Kentucky University before joining the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1994. In addition to local coverage, Loomis has been on assignment in more than 25 countries. He’s been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy award, the Sidney Hillman award and been the NPPA’s Photographer of the Year. He teaches photography and is a frequent guest lecturer.
One returned from battle to a wife who didn’t recognize him. One watched his best friend burn and wondered if he was responsible. One hid his marriage behind a web of lies. All three Iraq war veterans came home transformed in unexpected ways. Here are their stories.
A fierce battle Monday in a rubble-strewn neighborhood of this Sunni Muslim stronghold left one Marine and at least eight insurgents dead, casting a new shadow over prospects for a peaceful solution to the military standoff here.