Soldiers Without a Nation is a series of photographs in part of a documentary about the lives and struggles of the many U.S. veterans who have been deported or are facing deportation.
A United States veteran faces a new reality of being deported after serving in the military. He is but one of an unknown number of servicemen who – while struggling to survive away from family and friends – have only one goal in mind: to return to the United States, the country for which they served and were willing to die.
Deported Army veteran Hector Barajas, 38, sits at his desk at the Deported Veterans Support House, where he lives and works. The mission of the Support House is to find and provide help to deported veterans around the world.
Deported Army veteran Andres De Leon, 71, poses for a portrait outside his dilapidated home in Tijuana. De Leon found Hector Barajas and the Deported Veterans Support House from reading a newspaper article.
Leticia Abad stands with some of her children and grandchildren inside their small home in Rosarito, Mexico. Her partner, Augustin, is a deported veteran and is currently in rehab for alcoholism. He was recently diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and is petitioning for a humanitarian parole visa to allow him back into the U.S. for a liver transplant.
Fabian Rebolledo, 38, a deported U.S. paratrooper, poses in his military uniform along the Mexico-U.S. border crossing, moments after he was denied entry into the U.S. Rebolledo was deported in 2010 for check fraud; he recently won his fight to have his felony reduced to a misdemeanor, no longer a deportable offense, but has still not been allowed back into the United States.