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Portrait of a Soldier's Soul

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Art to heal America’s heroes

Many of our bravest Americans return home from combat with permanent, visible reminders of the sacrifice they made – disfiguring injuries that have a lasting physical and emotional impact on their lives.

Improved body armor and increased use of explosive devices mean soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer a higher percentage of facial injuries than Vietnam, Korea and WWII veterans.

Portrait of a Soldier’s Soul’s mission is to help heal these wounds by commissioning world-class portrait artists – the same ones who would paint pictures of the rich and famous – to create stunning works of art that reflect the pride and bravery of these soldiers.

The program also gives returning soldiers an opportunity to work with the artists to paint the portrait together. This human connection offers another way to support veterans in their healing process.

History

Cincinnati philanthropists Lee and Susan Schaefer developed Portrait of a Soldier’s Soul to follow up on the success of a similar program for children suffering from craniofacial conditions: Portrait of a Soul.

Vision

Portrait of a Soldier’s Soul has partnered with the USO, an organization that is dedicated to lifting the spirits of our troops, to help promote the program among soldiers and their families.

Portrait of a Soul

Cincinnati philanthropists Lee and Susan Schaefer developed Portrait of a Soldier’s Soul to follow up on the success of a similar program, Portrait of a Soul. Portrait of a Soul’s mission is to help heal the emotional wounds of children suffering from craniofacial condition by partnering with world-class craniofacial specialists at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to commission world-class portrait artists to create stunning works of art that reflect the great worth, beauty and inner vision of these brave children. Below are a few of the beautiful portraits that have been commissioned so far. To learn more, please visit the Portrait of a Soul website.

Lucas

Daniel Grove

2014

Trent

Dodie Loewe

2015

Quentin

Tim Langenderfer

2015

Contact

For Portrait of a Soldier’s Soul to be a success, the Cincinnati community needs to rally behind the cause. We are currently soliciting area business leaders, corporate partners, artists, volunteers and advocates to form a team that can bring this project to life.

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