Military Service Initiative to Aid Post-9/11 Veterans
The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Stars and Stripes online, Feb. 19, 2014. To read the entire article and view a video of former President George W. Bush’s speech, click on the link below.
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Yesterday, former President George W. Bush hosted a Military Service Initiative Summit and spoke about the many problems facing post-9/11 veterans and how his institute hopes to address them.
“A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president. The answer really [is] no, [but] I do miss saluting men and women who volunteer to defend our nation during war. Many are coming home and are preparing for new missions as civilians. And I intend to salute these men and women for the rest of my life … And through the Military Service Initiative, the [George W.] Bush Institute is going to help [them],” Bush said at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
“Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million Americans have worn the uniform … They are the 1 percent of America who kept the 99 percent safe. And we owe them and their families a deep debt of gratitude. Our country can never really fully repay our vets, but we ought to try.”
Here’s the link to the news item: