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'Portraits of Courage' by president-turned-artist George W. Bush displayed in Missouri

George W. Bush exhibits his paintings of the veterans who served him

Since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush has become an avid painter. Through his "Portraits of Courage," he is raising money for the Military Service Initiative, helping vets transition to civilian life.
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Since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush has become an avid painter. Through his "Portraits of Courage," he is raising money for the Military Service Initiative, helping vets transition to civilian life.

A collection of oil paintings and stories of U.S. military veterans by former President George W. Bush are now on display at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield.

The exhibit opened Saturday and will remain on display through July 5.

Bush was among the former presidents who attended the museum's grand opening last fall. His paintings are part of a traveling exhibit, "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors," from the George W. Bush Institute in Texas.

The portraits, Bush's "tribute to America's warriors," are of servicemen and women Bush has gotten to know since Sept. 11, 2001. The exhibit includes 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural.

This is the first time the exhibit has been shown outside of Texas, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

"Portraits of Courage" can be seen at the museum's Wildlife Galleries with a general admission ticket.

The George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families return to civilian life and also helps them with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

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