Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors

A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America's military veterans — and highlighting the work of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.

Experience the Exhibit

Open March 2 through October 17, 2017, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.

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Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.

The Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

On October 6-8 and October 13-15, select Team 43 Warriors portrayed in the Portraits of Courage exhibit’s paintings will be on hand to speak with visitors about their experience in the military and transitioning to civilian life.  The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has also extended hours to 6 p.m. on October 6-8 and  October 13-15. 

Team 43 Warriors will be in the Museum the following days and times:

Friday, October 6: 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, October 7: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 8: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, October 13: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 14: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 15: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Buy the Portraits of Courage Book

Each painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by President Bush.

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.

Purchase hardcover, deluxe, audio, and signed editions

The author's profits from this book will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center and its Military Service Initiative.

George W. Bush Institute Warrior Resources

Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our Nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life.

Learn more about our servicemen and women and how to give and get help:

Thank you

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support.