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va says wounded iraq war vet's sculpture is too real to display


marine veteran bill deroche had been encouraged for years to enter an art competition at the minneapolis veterans affairs medical center. injured in a 2004 bomb blast that struck his convoy in iraq, it would be a way, he was told, to publicly address the trauma that continues to affect him.but the va balked when it got a look at photos of the sculpture deroche planned to enter. it includes four 155 mm shells connected by wires, a representation of the improvised explosive devices or ieds often used in the kind of blast that injured him. the shells in the artwork, deroche was told, were a risk to public safety and a threat to a vulnerable population.although the shells are inert, the va wants them removed. deroche has refused, saying it would ruin the message of the work.the standoff means