Presentation of fallen Marine's portrait brings tears

Photo by David Yamamoto

The last time K'Ann Hines saw her son before he shipped off to Iraq, he left her Ventura home with a smile and said he'd be back soon.

Joshua Hines never made it home, but his mother finally got to see his smile again, thanks to a portrait artist who paints images of fallen service members nationwide to help their families heal.

"I don't even have the words. All I can say is, 'Thank you,' " K'Ann Hines said as she touched her son's face on the oil painting, tears cascading down her face.

Ventura County Star

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