Listen to a podcast with John Cramer and Sam Dean describing their work on the Jordan's War series.
In March 2005, Roanoke Times reporter John Cramer and photographer Sam Dean began following Jordan Sherwood, a young Marine from Roanoke who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
To put a human face on the war, Cramer and Dean followed Sherwood and his family for the past year during his convalescent leave, rehabilitation and return to Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The series is based on interviews, documents, journals and observations involving Sherwood, his family, friends, medical staff, other Marines, military specialists and others. Cramer and Dean visited Sherwood at his home, medical treatment centers, military bases and other locations in Virginia, Maryland and California.
In writing this series, Cramer reconstructed some scenes -- such as the roadside bomb explosion -- based on the memories of those involved. Quotation marks were used only when Cramer or Dean heard or read (as in a letter) the words.
All thoughts attributed to people in this series came from those people. There are no composite scenes or characters in this series. No names have been changed.