On Veterans Day, TIME explores the profound effects of war—both on those who serve, and the people who support them.
LightBox asked 26 documentary photographers who have covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to describe which of their own photographs of veterans had a deep impact on their lives or moved them in a significant way.
Their testimonies are part of TIME’s veterans project. Find out more about it on the #TIMEvets page here.
Phil Bicker is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME