This organization provides free custom portraits of Fallen Heroes in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to their families based on a request from the family. The portraits are drawn by internationally acclaimed portrait artist Michael Reagan. Michael himself is a combat veteran from Vietnam who went on to become a very successful artist. The organization takes care of all the costs and even provides a coupon for free framing from AC Moore. My understanding is that there are no paid members of the organization.
I received a portrait of my son, Marine Lance Corporal Eric W. Herzberg from Michael. It was absolutely beautiful and seemed to have captured some of Eric's soul. There was something spiritual about the experience as I feel that my son had a message for me through his portrait. I know I'm not crazy because I understand many family's have also experienced the same thing.
Michael has drawn over 3,400 portraits now - all free of charge. He has drawn portraits for Fallen hero families in the UK and Canada as well. The organization has recently also provided this same gift to families impacted by recent tragedies here at home like the Newtown, CT shootings, the Arizona hotshot firefighters and the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.
This is a top notch foundation, providing an amazing and unique service to families who are suffering. I know that receiving the portrait of Eric helped me tremendously in handling my grief in a positive way and Eric's portrait is my most prized possession. Thank you Michael and your foundation.
Eric Herzberg - Gold Star Dad
Proud father of Marine LCPL Eric Herzberg
KIA Al Anbar Province, 21 October 2006.