Portraits of Courage Exhibit Hero Spotlight: Christopher Self

by | May 9, 2024 | Exhibits, News

Sergeant Major Christopher Self- An Army Special Forces amputee who inspired President Bush to host an annual bike ride for wounded vets, the W100K.

Christopher’s leg was amputated after he was shot while he was deployed in Iraq in 2005. After his injury, he continued to serve another six years in the U.S. Army, including two more deployments to Iraq. 

Since I was about five years old, I wanted to be a soldier and that desire never changed.

- Sergeant Major Christopher Self

Courtesy of President George W. Bush

The W100K, which offers networking and healing opportunities for veterans, became the catalyst for the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative and President Bush describes it as “one of my favorite events of the year.”

Portraits of Courage will be on exhibit at the Nixon Library for its West Coast debut through May 19, 2024, thanks to the generosity of Lisa Argyros / Argyros Family Foundation. Tickets to the special exhibit are included with admission to the Nixon Library.

Portraits of Courage by President George W. Bush is on loan from the Argyros Collection at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit whose work includes helping veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life.