Drop everything now and get ready to be filled with heat and national pride at the same time.
We have photographer Michael Stokes to thank for that.
You see, Michael Stokes has the challenging job of being a photographer and the enviable opportunity to get to work with these tough men, oozing with sex appeal.
And don't get this wrong but aside from the obvious fact that these veterans are hot as f-ck, it's not just food for hungry eyes. These photo shoots boost the confidence of the men (and women) injured from serving the country, proving that they still have what it takes. And damn, aren't they fit.
But like many good things, this one wasn't deliberate. It started back in 2012 when he photographed Alex Minsky, who lost a part of his leg when his truck encountered a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. It was a very different experience for Stokes, who has been doing fitness shoots with models under an erotic theme.
Stokes wan't quite sure how to approach Minsky at first, mindful of his situation; the war veteran fresh from his recovery from both physical and psychological trauma. But it went pretty well. Alex seemed pretty game for it. Stokes carried on, treating Alex as if he's a model who's not missing a leg at all. That's what made the photo shoot easier for them.
Although it took over a year before it really took off, Stokes shoot finally stirred after getting featured in a Daily Mail article. People got curious about his project and why he's doing it. And people are always interested in ripped and bare bodies and soon, Michael's works have been receiving the attention it deserves.
That also jumpstarted the career of the said model/war veteran, Alex Minsky.
What was supposed to be a simple shoot to be featured on a page in Michael's book, got a chapter of its own, and even a whole book later on. Michael soon began calling up other war veterans for photo shoots, many of whom are already familiar with the photographer.
To fund for his latest coffee table book, Always Loyal, dedicated to these fierce war veterans, Michael started a Kickstarter campaign which raised over 48k goal in just two days. It follows Bare Strength, which features them as well.
All we can say is that we're just as stoked to see Mr. Michael Stokes wonderful work and his aims to raise awareness about this particular 'body issue'. The way he put it, we almost forgot that these guys had prosthetic arms and legs. The muscle madness is too arresting!