Ted Gostas – February 7

Former prisoner of war and painter Ted Gostas holds up a self-portrait in his home Wednesday morning. Gostas was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a POW for five years, one month and 15 days. The veteran was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for the ordeal. He later used art and writing to help himself and other veterans cope with after-effects of war. “My favorite thing about Cheyenne is that people leave me alone so I can do my paintings, poetry and writings. The weather, however, I hate,” Gostas said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Former prisoner of war and painter Ted Gostas holds up a self-portrait in his home Wednesday morning. Gostas was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a POW for five years, one month and 15 days. The veteran was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for the ordeal. He later used art and writing to help himself and other veterans cope with after-effects of war. “My favorite thing about Cheyenne is that people leave me alone so I can do my paintings, poetry and writings. The weather, however, I hate,” Gostas said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff