Veteran honored with portrait painted by President George W. Bush

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A wounded warrior and avid bicyclist, Captain Kevin Rosenblum had the chance to meet the 43rd President twice, once last year and again a few months ago, thanks to his mountain bike.

"I applied and I was lucky enough to get selected," said Rosenblum, who served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2009, including two tours of Iraq.

Rosenblum says through an organization known as Team Red White and Blue he heard about President Bush's unique bike ride at his ranch in Texas.

See photos of the painting:

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Over the past several months, I've painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I've gotten to know - remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders. I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day. Their paintings and stories will be featured in PORTRAITS OF COURAGE - a book and special exhibit - next spring, and I am donating all my proceeds to @thebushcenter and our Military Service Initiative's work to honor and support them. Click link in bio for more info.

A wounded warrior and avid bicyclist, Captain Kevin Rosenblum had the chance to meet the 43rd President twice, once last year and again a few months ago, thanks to his mountain bike.

"I applied and I was lucky enough to get selected," said Rosenblum, who served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2009, including two tours of Iraq.

Rosenblum says through an organization known as Team Red White and Blue he heard about President Bush's unique bike ride at his ranch in Texas.

"He invites about half a dozen to 20 wounded post 9-11 veterans there to come ride for three days," said Rosenblum. "It's  100 kilometers over the three days."

The former President gets to lead the troops once again, only this time it's a peloton he's in front of all three days.

For the former Army Captain it was more than just an opportunity to ride with a former U.S. President.

"The biggest thing I took away from it is that it was completely non-partisan, non-political, the point of the ride is to support veterans and raise awareness for the invisible wounds of war," he said.

Rosenblum says he deployed shortly after being commissioned a 2nd Lt. and was wounded in a mortar attack.

"The mortar that hit most of us, hit right basically where we had been standing," Rosenblum recalled.

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"He invites about half a dozen to 20 wounded post 9-11 veterans there to come ride for three days," said Rosenblum. "It's 100 kilometers over the three days."

The former president gets to lead the troops once again, only this time it's a peloton he's in front of all three days.

For the former Army Captain it was more than just an opportunity to ride with a former U.S. president.

"The biggest thing I took away from it is that it was completely non-partisan, non-political, the point of the ride is to support veterans and raise awareness for the invisible wounds of war," he said.

Rosenblum says he deployed shortly after being commissioned a 2nd Lt. and was wounded in a mortar attack.

"The mortar that hit most of us, hit right basically where we had been standing," Rosenblum recalled.

The Lt. caught a few pieces of shrapnel in his leg but refused to leave his troops. He would do a second tour before getting out of the Army and making his way to Virginia.

Rosenblum says he was aware going into the first ride, the President had taken up painting and did portraits of some of the veterans who visit his ranch.

See photos of both Presidents Bush through the years:

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President Bush and and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, listen to the Gatlin Brothers sing their new song "Americans, That's You" during a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President George H. W. Bush and family
George Bush with family and brothers playing golf, from left are Prescott, William "Bucky", George and Jonathan in July, 1991. (AP Photo)
George H.W. Bush sits on couch with his wife Barbara and their children in 1964. George W Bush sits at right behind his mother. Behind couch are Neil and Jeb Bush. Sitting with parents are Dorothy and Marvin Bush. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, President George W. Bush walks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. A criminal investigation is under way after a hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, according to reports Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
President George H.W. Bush pats his grandson Sam LeBlond, age 6, on the head as they head for Marine One the presidential helicopter, parked on the South Lawn of the White House, enroute to Camp David, MD., for the weekend, Feb. 8, 1991 in Washington. A secret service agent follows behind at left. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
President George H W Bush takes a minute to have a quick private word with his grandson Jeb Bush Jr on April 1, 1991 in Homestead AFB, Florida, before boarding his helicopter for a flight to Islamorada, Florida, where he and Mrs. Bush will spend a few days of relaxation in the Florida Keys. The child flew with the president to Florida from Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President George H.W. Bush comments to reporters outside St. Ann's Episcopal Church on Aug. 13, 1990 in Kennebunkport, Maine. The president stands with his grandchildren Barbara, white dress, and twin sister, Jenna, left, and Sam, front. Bush is vacationing at his Maine home. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
President George Bush escorts his mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, from Church service at St. Ann's Church, Aug. 20, 1989 in Kennebunkport, ME. The president is spending a three-week vacation at his home on the Maine coast with his family. Behind Dorothy is her grandson Jeb holding his youngest son, John Ellis Bush. Young man in suit on left is Jeb's eldest son George Prescott Bush. (AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite)
Vice President George H. W. Bush, center, poses with his family outside St. Anns Church, Sunday, Aug. 8, 1988, Kennebunkport, Me. The Bush family from left front row: Neil Bush, Pierce Bush, Lauren Bush, Dorothy Bush, and Ellie LeBlond. The rest of the children in the front row are unidentified. Second row from left: an unidentified woman, Laura Bush, Jenna Bush, George H. W. Bush, Dorothy Bush and Barbara Bush. Back row from left are: Jeb Bush, George P. Bush and Noelle Bush. The rest of the group is unidentified. (AP Photo/Herb Swanson)
George W. Bush, center, poses with his father George Bush and mother Barbara Bush in Rye, New York, during the summer of 1955. George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/George Bush Presidential Library)
President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, participate in a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
** FILE ** George W. Bush, left, is shown with his father, George H. W. Bush in this photo from 1968 at Ellington Field, Texas. A recent attack on the war record of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in a commercial by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, has heated the presidential politics surrounding the military records of both Bush and Kerry. (AP Photo/Texas National Guard)
George Bush, one-and-a-half years old, is shown in this undated photo at the family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo)
Former US President George H. W. Bush shakes hands with his son, former US President George W. Bush's, during a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library is dedicated to chronicling the presidency of the United State's 43rd President, George W. Bush. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bush, left, with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, right, outside the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Bush and and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, participate in a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President George W. Bush, right, stands with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, left, and his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, center, during a commencement ceremony at Texas A&M University on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Bush and his father, former President George H. W. Bush, arrive on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Sunday, May 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
President George W. Bush waves as his father, former President George Bush, pilots his fishing boat Fidelity III off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine, Saturday morning, June 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
President Bush shakes hands with his father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, after Easter church service in Fort Hood, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President Bush, left, leaves St. Ann's Episcopal church with his father former President George H.W. Bush, right, on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006 in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
** FILE ** President Bush, right, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, wave as they leave St. John's Church in Washington in this May 6, 2006, file photo. Through his presidency, President Bush has worked hard to avoid repeating the mistakes of his father. But having done almost everything differently, he now finds himself dug into the same hole - even though he did trump his father by winning a second term. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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President Bush, right, is congratulated by his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the end of the Republican National Convention Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, in New York. President Bush's mother Barbara watches in the background. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Bush, left, and his father former President George H. W. Bush, right, arrive at Fort Hood, Texas to attend Easter church services Sunday, April 11, 2004. The Bush family visited the nation's largest military base Sunday to attend church services. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President George W. Bush, left, wraps up the holiday weekend with a round of golf with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, right, at the Cape Arundel Golf Club at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 8, 2002. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, left, and his father, former President George Bush, watch ceremonies before the start of a football game on Nov. 26, 1999 in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, embraces his father Former President George H.W. Bush after throwing out the first pitch before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Former presidents George H.W. Bush, left, and George W. Bush share a laugh during dedication ceremonies for the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Former presidents George H.W. Bush, left, and George W. Bush look over the crowd at dedication ceremonies for the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Houston, USA. 17th Nov, 2013. Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush ride onto the field before a game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders where they served as honorary team captains for the Texans on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Houston. Credit: George Bridges/MCT/Alamy Live News
Former President George H.W. Bush smiles during a news conference with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
George W. Bush, center, poses with his father George Bush and mother Barbara Bush in Rye, New York, during the summer of 1955. George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/George Bush Presidential Library)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, throws out the first pitch as his father Former President George H.W. Bush looks on before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (L) waves as he walks out of the Oval Office with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2008. The “ADA Amendments Act” will help ensure that individuals with disabilities – including people with diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer – qualify for protection under the ADA and obtain reasonable accommodations. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (C) looks back towards photogrpahers as he walks out of the Oval Office with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after Bush signed S. 3406, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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After participating in the 2015 bike ride, Rosenblum attended the one day alumni ride a few months ago, but he never expected the email he recently got.

"Can you sign the waiver, because President Bush has painted a portrait of you and we're going to publish it and you need to sign the waiver," Rosenblum recalled, adding that he sent the waiver back almost immediately.

"It was amazing, the President, he's a great guy," said Rosenblum.

That portrait and the others President Bush has done will go into a book called Portraits of Courage.

All the proceeds from the book are going to go to benefit the Military Service Initiative, which is a non-profit organization dedicated towards post 9-11 veterans.

But Rosenblum was quick to point out there is a also another reason the book is so important.

"It's more about making sure that the greater American public still realizes that we're at war, still realizes that there are veterans that struggle with issues associated with TBI and PTSD every day."

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President Bush, left, and Russian President Vladimir, second from left, wave from the bow of a boat after a fishing trip in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
U.S. President George W. Bush, right, looks on while visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin holds up his catch during an outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and President Bush with his father, former president George H.W. Bush, roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
Fishing guide Billy Bush (2nd L) hands Russia's President Vladimir Putin (3rd L) the fish Putin caught as former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (L) and U.S. President George W. Bush (3rd R) applaud during a fishing trip in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine. July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
U.S. President George W. Bush tips his cap at the cameras while fishing with his father, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine July 2, 2007. Presidents Putin and Bush are meeting at the Bush family's home in Kennebunkport. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME - JULY 2: In this handout photo provided by the White House, former President George H.W. Bush (L) and President George W. Bush (R) watch as Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) holds up his catch, with the help of fishing guide Billy Bush on July 2, 2007, during a morning outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo by Eric Draper/White House via Getty Images)
KENNEBUNKPORT, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) applauds as Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) catches a striped bass 02 July 2007 while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Having last month offered to host a controversial US missile defense system on a Russian base in Azerbaijan, Putin grabbed the headlines with a proposal to extend the US scheme to other parts of Europe, with NATO participation. While welcoming the idea as 'very constructive and bold,' Bush checked Putin by insisting that the Czech Republic and Poland must remain 'integral' to the system. AFP PHOTO/ RIA NOVOSTI/ KREMLIN POOL/ MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and his son, President George W. Bush, right, react as fishing guide Billy Bush helps Russian President Vladimir Putin to unhook his catch during an outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and Bushes roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin casts while outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and President George W. Bush with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
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