The artist as a young Soldier

Then-Pfc. Ron Whitehead (right) pauses for an MRE break during an exercise in Spain in 1990. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm the following year as a Bradley driver with the 1st Armored Division. Using his combat experience as inspiration, Whitehead went on to study art. One of his paintings will hang at the Pentagon for a year as part of a Veteran Artist Program-sponsored exhibit. (Photo courtesy of former Sgt. Ron Whitehead)

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