The man behind the Fallen Heroes Project, Michael G. Reagan, didn’t have to do it. He was an accomplished artist, doing portraits for celebrities, athletes and heads-of-state. Comfortable and safe, he could have stayed on that path as long as he had wanted to. Then he was interrupted. Another outlet for his talent came knocking. Mr. Reagan could have ignored it but instead he looked and saw a need far greater than his own security. Now, because he chose to make himself vulnerable, to take on the emotional risk of serving people who are experiencing deep and irreplaceable loss, the relatives of our fallen soldiers can take a step toward healing.
To date, Michael Reagan has completed 2,000 portraits of soldiers lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A poster series of some of these portraits is on display at Arlington National Cemetery.