Over the weekend, former President of the United States George W. Bush announced on Facebook that he is planning on releasing a book comprised of portraits he has done of nearly 100 men and women that were wounded fighting while he was Commander-in-Chief. The book titled “Portraits of Courage” is set to be released February 28, 2017.
“Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know – remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders,” Bush wrote on his Facebook page. “I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day. Their paintings and stories will be featured in PORTRAITS OF COURAGE – a book and special exhibit – next spring, and I am donating all my proceeds to the George W. Bush Presidential Center and our Military Service Initiative’s work to honor and support them.”
On the George W. Bush Book website, he describes “Portraits of Courage” as “A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” and says it’s a “vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans.” The book includes Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The website also states that each painting in the book “is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President. Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation’s call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians.”
It also adds that “it is President Bush’s desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.”
Since leaving office, former President George W. Bush has spent much of his free time painting.