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It has been one year since our tribute to veterans titled, Lionhearted released across the world. As a tribute to veterans, and to honor their strength and courage on Veterans Day, the Lionhearted project was created. Through art, film, and the written word, Lionhearted gives a voice to 22 veterans and their experiences. What they have seen. What they have lost. How they are healing.

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Every day in the United States, an average of 22 veterans die by suicide. The statistic is staggering. Heartbreaking. 22 veterans were filmed for the Lionhearted project, and they speak about their experiences of sacrifice, loss, and the healing process. Artist Shawn Ganther, an Air Force veteran, was commissioned to create a painting representing each veteran and their story on 22 Safariland hard armor plates. A 23rd plate depicts the folded US flag, representing the fallen soldier. The 24th plate is a partial quote from Douglas MacArthur that reads, “It is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

During a recent Chicago visit to the National Veterans Art Museum, we met with Lionhearted Veterans for an after action review one year later discussing how this project impacted their lives and those around them.

Please watch the short documentary below and continue to watch all 22 stories in full by visiting lionheartedfilm.com