Former President George W. Bush surprised thousands of Americans when he explained the subjects of his latest art project.
Since his presidency, George W. Bush has spent much of his spare time painting. On Veterans Day, the former president shared a photo of himself doing just that, but the explanation of what he was painting surprised many: He was painting portraits of veterans wounded under his command.
He explained his new project in a Facebook post, according to WXIN:
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. 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 @thebushcenter and our Military Service Initiative’s work to honor and support them.
All proceeds from the sales of Bush's paintings will go to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a nonprofit organization founded by the former president. According to the organization's Bush Center website, the foundation's Military Service Initiative "informs, influences, and unites communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, academia, and philanthropy to maximize the health and well-being of post-9/11 veterans and military families, setting the conditions for a successful transition and their continued leadership as civilians."