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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph Richard Welch, a retired U.S. Army colonel, for a story in The Wall Street Journal about the U.S. government’s delay in processing visas for Iraqis who assisted Welch and other American troops during the war. With the rise of the Islamic State and other factions hostile to the United States, these Iraqis and their families now find themselves as targets as they wait years for visas to enter the U.S.

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch speaks to a colleague as they eat at an off-campus Turkish restaurant near campus on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Bloomington, Ind. Welch is a doctoral student in Law and Democracy at the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the IU Maurer School of Law. The only thing on the wall in his shared office is a tourist map of Iraq from 2008. During his time serving in Iraq, Welch relied on several Iraqis to build local support for the U.S. mission. Now the lives of those Iraqis remain in danger as they wait years for visas to enter the U.S. Welch has filed letters of support and says he is ashamed the administration has failed to resettle thousands of those who helped save American and Iraqi lives. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch points out areas in Northern Iraq on a tourist map of the country on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in his office at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Welch is a doctoral student in Law and Democracy at the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the IU Maurer School of Law. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch checks email in his office on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch, center, talks in the hallway after a lecture from an advisor to Iraq’s Constitutional Review Committee on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch listens to a colleague as they wait for the start of a political philosophy class on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch, left, leads colleagues across campus to a lecture after a political philosophy class on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch listens to a lecture by Haider Ala Hamoudi, who advised Iraq’s Constitutional Review Committee in 2009, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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