In 2002, on assignment in Afghanistan for the United States Air Force, I gathered many photographs, made many sketches, and took mental notes of our service men and women in action. On my return to America, I was in the company of a soldier in a casket, and I realized that his family would only receive $6,000, a flag, and a "Thank You". I found that unacceptable. On my way home a painting came to mind that I had to do, that would honor and recognize this young American and all service men and women in "Operation Enduring Freedom". The mural measures 8ft. high by 28ft. wide and took one year and two months to complete. Reproductions of the mural were given to people donating to help families that had lost loved ones. All time and material were donated on this project, and the point of this project was to encourage legislation to increase the Death Benefits for all Military Personal. Senator Jeff Sessions and Senator Joe Lieberman wrote the "Heroes Bill" that increased the SGLI insurance & death benefits and it was signed into law by President Bush. I feel honored to be part of this project and worked with some amazing American patriots. This young American Soldier that payed the ultimate price, that moved me, did make the difference! God Bless Him. The Mural resides on the fifth floor on "A" Ring in the Pentagon, and honors these heroic men and women, that go in harm's way for us all.