Everyone has that unique gift or talent that can distinguish them as an individual. For Vietnam War Veteran Michael Reagan of Edmonds, Washington, that talent was the ability to draw incredible portraits. For 14 years, he has used his artistic gifts to immortalize fallen soldiers and offer his work to the respective families.
After a close friend was killed in action, Reagan vowed to use his survival and his talent to give back to those who lost loved ones. He drew celebrity portraits which were then auctioned off to raise money for charity. However, this hobby soon became a personal mission.
“If I can spend a few hours sitting here at my drawing table and bring back a smile to a widow’s face, how can I do anything else?”
He says he starts with the fallen heros' eyes because it makes the picture come alive. Although this seems like a simple task of drawing and passing on his work, he says that he breaks his own heart “every day.” Yet day after day he completes these breathtaking drawings as a way to give back and - at the request of his fallen friend - care.
Remember, sometimes the smallest things can make an extraordinary difference in someone’s life. More than 5,000 families now have a piece of art and memory that will last them for a very long time.
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