Portraits of Courage
Growing out of President Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office. The paintings are the subject of a hardcover book, as well as a special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, which is currently open through October 1, 2017.
“I painted these men and women as a way to honor their service to the country and to show my respect for their sacrifice and courage,” President Bush writes in the book’s introduction. “I hope to draw attention to the challenges some face when they come home and transition to civilian life—and the need for our country to better address them.”
Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians.
The exhibit also includes information and resources created by the Bush Institute that visitors can use to learn how to better support post-9/11 warriors in their communities. These resources are intended to help bridge the military-civilian divide.