Sexy Photo Series Proves That Wounded War Vets Can Still Be Hot Calendar Models

Brave and sexy.

Photographer Michael Stokes typically shoots fitness models, but that changed after a session with wounded war veteran Alex Minsky. 

Even after spending 47 days in a coma, suffering a traumatic brain injury and needing a prosthetic right leg, the 24-year-old ex-Marine took on a new and different endeavor: modeling. And it was through Minsky that Stokes sought to change the way we look at wounded U.S. military vets. Thus, the idea for a book of only nude and semi-nude amputee war vets called Always Loyal was born. 

But Stokes' images aren't like other photos of injured soldiers. Instead of focusing on the injury, the photographer took the lead of the confident Minsky, who set the precedent for the rest of the subjects.

"Before our shoot, I studied as many amputee photos that I could find. I noticed that most of them emphasized the lost limb and that the mood was often sorrowful," Stokes told A Plus in an email interview. "That was not the vibe I was getting from him, so I decided to simply photograph him as if he was not an amputee, photograph him exactly the same way I would any of the models I had worked with."

Before he knew it, other vets had reached out to him (and he to others) to also be included in the the book, which will showcase different wounded United States Army, Navy and Marine veterans of the Gulf Wars.

The vets will be portrayed like non-wounded subjects and show that their injury doesn't alter who they are or the dreams they hope to accomplish. 

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The 52-year-old L.A.-based photographer has started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise money for the book as well as another one featuring body builders (some of which are also vets).

In less than 21-days' time with 13 days to go in the campaign, he's already raised more than $180,000 of his $48,250 goal. He explained that money from the collectors editions of the books will go toward the Semper Fi Fund, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to injured war vets. 

Aside from the book, Stokes' hope is that viewers of his work will feel something when looking at them. 

"Either positive or negative," he said.

For us, it's definitely positive. 

Check out the rest of Stokes' work ...

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