The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.
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Our mission is to honor, respect and forever memorialize the American military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation, comfort their mourning families, and inspire all Americans to know and recognize the price paid for their freedom.
With the desire to make a profound and lasting impact through our service to the families, we work diligently to restore a sense of life and presence of their fallen hero on canvas in hopes to provide a place where they can spend time with their loved one when they need them most. Our goal and the heart of The American Fallen Soldiers Project is to serve, comfort and encourage the Gold Star families unconditionally and impartially to the best of our ability. It is this commitment to excellence that defines our portraits, our staff and our organization.
SERVICE WE PROVIDE
We provide a hand painted original portrait by artist Phil Taylor of America’s fallen military to their families. Upon completion, each portrait is personally presented to the family by the artist during a special event. Additionally, for other family members who did not receive the original painting, we offer canvas reproductions in various sizes. All original paintings and canvas reproductions are delivered framed and ready for display. Multiple photo prints are provided to the family at the portrait presentation and can be reordered at any time. All portraits, reproductions and photo prints are always provided at no cost to the family.
HOW THE PROJECT BEGAN
Like so many Americans, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the thoughts of defending America’s freedom were a distant concern for Phil Taylor. It wasn’t that he didn’t care, but there was no direct connection, no one in his family was currently serving in the military. However, in June 2006 when he learned that a childhood friend, Capt. Blake Russell, was killed in Iraq, his life was changed. While attending the funeral and hearing the descriptions of Blake’s selfless commitment to his men and country, Phil was inspired to find his own true life’s purpose. Even though he had been a professional artist for over 25 years, Phil lacked a sense of fulfillment in his work. With a deep desire to serve and honor others and after much soul searching, he decided to offer his talent through art and paint a portrait of Blake as a gift for the Russell family.
The reaction from Blake’s father when he saw the completed painting changed Phil’s life forever. Through tears of gratitude Mr. Russell said, “I feel like you’ve brought him home to me.” From that moment both Phil and his wife, Lisa, knew they had to continue sharing this gift with as many families as possible, and so began their journey.
Since the inception of The American Fallen Soldiers Project in 2007 hundreds of portraits have been painted and presented to the families of America’s fallen military across the United States. However, because of our extensive backlog and with the arrival of new requests daily, there are countless families still to be helped for years to come.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project was founded on the principles to never let those who have sacrificed their life for our freedom be forgotten. We desire to continue this mission with the goal to touch as many Americans as possible with the heroes’ stories, using any outlet that upholds the dignity and honor of the fallen and their family.