Former President George W. Bush is unveiling a book "honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans," which features 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural of wounded U.S. military he has come to know.
The oil paintings and stories of the wounded veterans since Sept. 11 were produced by the 43st U.S. president himself in the book "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," which will be released Tuesday and is available on Amazon.com.
"Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation," Amazon's synopsis reads. "Often, they return home with injuries — both visible and invisible — that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life.
"In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: 84 percent say that the public has 'little awareness' of the issues facing them and their families."
Inspired by Winston Churchill's "Painting As A Pastime" essay, according to The Daily Caller, former President Bush-43 paints up to four hours per day.
"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," the synopsis added. "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."
The net author proceeds will benefit the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization which works to ensure veterans post-Sept. 11 overcome their wounds and are able to transition to civilian life.
President Bush-43 teased his work via a Facebook post on Veteran's Day.
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