The Documentary

Kaziah Hancock is known for her heart and compassion; she has painted over 1200 portraits of fallen military heroes in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and given them as gifts to their families. But there
is much more to Kaziah than that.

This film delves into Kaziah's life in polygamy, her escape to freedom and achieving her dreams of becoming an artist and raising her precious goats. Meet the woman behind the paintings in this award winning documentary.

Kaziah in her studio © Kathleen Dolan
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Kaziah proves that one person can make a difference...

Born into a polygamist sect Kaziah knows the meaning of freedom because she had to fight to gain hers. Armed with oils and brushes the story of a complicated survivor unfolds as she brings new life into the world and adopts a nation…of fallen soldiers.

While many talk about supporting our troops, Kaziah actually does. She has found a way to make sure that the faces of our fallen service members in Iraq and Afghanistan are seen and never forgotten. To date Kaziah has personally painted over 1,200 portraits of our service members killed in action as a gift to their families. Together with three other artists in her non-profit organization, they have painted over 2,800 portraits.

Goat rancher Kaziah Hancock lives close to the earth and everyday experiences the meaning of life and death. On her ranch in a remote valley overlooking a mountainous landscape she owns a hundred head of goats….and fifty of them are ready to give birth. But she’s known as an American hero for her extraordinary and gifted work as an artist.

She’s tough, outspoken, and opens up her heart. In this documentary you will meet her kids, the people who influence her, understand the battles she has won, and come to love the world around her as she paints a portrait of one American soldier right before your eyes.


The Military Order of the Purple Heart will present the George Washington Spirit Award to Kaziah Hancock at their annual convention this Saturday, August 10, 2013. This award is the highest honor they can bestow to a civilian.

Kaziah will be there to accept this award. The audience is in for a treat not only to hear what Kaziah has to say but we understand they will also have an opportunity to bid on several paintings by Kaziah of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

Proceeds to benefit Project Compassion… to keep Kaziah and her team of artists painting the portraits of our fallen military heroes.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress in 1958, They are unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat.

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