Image Credits: George W. Bush Presidential Center

What has George W Bush, 43, been up to since he left office in January of 2009 and handed the White House over to Obama? Quite a lot, but his most recent endeavor will warm your heart.  If you have kept up with W since he left office, you’ll know that he has really taken a shine to the Wounded Warrior Project and other initiatives to help veterans and especially those injured in combat. He’s also been painting quite a bit, which you may or may not know about. His latest project, Portraits of Courage: a Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, combines his two passions and the result is touching. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

This book is more than just the stories of veterans returned from war. It’s more than sob stories and stories of incredible strife overcome. It is a testament to the strength of the men and women who serve our country. It highlights the people who would give it all for what you and I too often take for granted. President Bush’s portraits of these people are amazing and coupled with their stories and accounts, you won’t be able to put this down until you get to the very end.

It is different than any book you’ll read. Perhaps it might make a great “coffee table” piece. It’s not a mystery novel or a thriller. You can take your time reading it without feeling like you’re going to find a spoiler on the internet, but you won’t want to put it down. You’ll want to devour this book and it will leave an impression on you, trust me.  I read this book in one sitting, feasting on W’s attention to detail in each portrait and diving into the stories on the page.

No matter how you feel about George W Bush, the Iraq War, Donald Trump or frankly, anything in the world, you need to read this. Commit an hour of your life to these men and women who fought for your freedom. Hear their stories, learn the struggles of our returning veterans, and contribute to the cause by just purchasing this book. It’s a book that will hopefully start a much needed conversation. We can criticize the VA and how it was run under Obama, but what will replace it? How can we change it? How can we support the men and women who return from war, injured physically or mentally? How can we help people transition into successful civilian lives? This book offers us a look at the problem and contemplating on the solution.

All author proceeds from the book will go to the George W Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. You can learn more about the George W Bush Institute’ Military Service Initiative here. Their mission is to help post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and address issues of veteran wellness.

Buy Portraits of Courage on Amazon here or wherever books are sold. You won’t regret it.

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Aryssa D
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Aryssa is a student at Yale University, where she enjoys worshiping the patriarchy, making sandwiches, and finding a husband. She loves wearing her FFL gear and documenting the horrific expressions that ensue for her scrapbook. When she is not being "oppressed" by the patriarchy, she enjoys Lilly Pulitzer and classic novels.