Five years ago artist Michael Reagan's unusual project began with a phone call from a woman whose husband had died in Iraq. Would Michael create a hand-drawn portrait from a photo of her husband? And how much would the portrait cost?
Michael, a former Marine in Vietnam, told the widow that he couldn't take money for the portrait. And five years later he's drawn over 1500 portraits of fallen heroes.
On our BlogTalkRadio show YourMilitaryLife.com, Michael shared with Nancy Brown and me the story of this first portrait. He said that the widow told him that, when the portrait arrived, she looked into her dead husband's eyes -- and slept through the night for the first time in the year since he had been killed.
It's these stories that keep Michael and his wife determined to continue this project even though he now does two portraits a day and each portrait takes about five hours. No one makes any money for the portraits but there are costs associated with the project -- including framing, mailing, supplies.
Go to Michael Reagan's site now at fallenheroesproject.org to see samples of his amazing life-like portraits and to donate to this project that means so much to the loved ones of the fallen warriors.
Then get out your tissue box and listen to the interview of Michael Reagan describing his compelling project that gives back to the families of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the service of our country.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs as a National Internet Business Examiner and at Operation Support Jews in the Military and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her newest military-related project is the book/website project In Support of Our Troops.
Phyllis' company Miller Mosaic LLC provides internet marketing information to help people promote their brand, book or business. On July 1st the company is launching the Miller Mosaic Internet Marketing Program.