Artist Matt Mitchell paints portraits of 100 US veterans

As the US combat mission in Afghanistan winds down an exhibition has opened in Chicago featuring the work of artist Matt Mitchell.

Seeking to better understand the reality of the war, he has painted 100 portraits of US military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan including five civilians who worked in those war zones.

It took him 10 years to complete. The BBC spoke to Mitchell about the project.

Produced, filmed and edited by Bill McKenna and Felicia Barr.Additional camera work by Elyria Pictures.

Special thanks to the National Veterans Art Museum Chicago

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