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.
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.
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.