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Veteran Transition

Many post-9/11 veterans face challenges as they transition back to civilian life, including unemployment, feelings of isolation, and health issues such as the invisible wounds of war.

What's more, research shows a civilian-military divide. 71% of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing post-9/11 veterans, and veterans agree: 84% say that the public has “little awareness” of the issues facing them and their families.

We have a duty to understand and serve those who volunteered to wear the uniform in defense of our Nation.

The Bush Institute's work ensures post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with the focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.

Core Components

Employment Transition
The Bush Institute partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce, Federal agencies, private business, and non-profits, to develop the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap. This guide for veterans seeks to help transition and succeed in the civilian workforce.

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Wellness
In an effort to get more warriors into quality treatment for the invisible wounds of war, the Bush Institute's Warrior Wellness Alliance connects best-in-class care providers with veteran peer-to-peer networks.

About The Warrior Wellness Alliance

Collective Impact
Americans hold a strong desire to help veterans, but often don’t know the best way to do so. Out of more than two million non-profit organizations in the U.S., 45,000 serve military personnel and their families.  We aim to empower these non-profits and their funders to develop more effective services and impactful outcomes for veterans.

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In the Spotlight: Corporal Dave Smith, USMC

Dave Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003.  He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was engaged in some of the war's heaviest fighting.  He was honorably discharged in 2007 but experienced severe post-traumatic stress (PTS).  "When you go to war, something in you changes," he said.

He was angry, and worried about the stigma of PTS. "We don't admit weakness.  That's not part of our warrior culture," he explained.  But things got worse -- at one point, he even contemplated suicide.  Then a fellow warrior gave him the wake-up call he needed.  "He had the courage," Dave recalled, "to tell me, 'I'm getting help.  I'm working on this, and you should too.' So Dave took ownership of his transition.

He rode in the 2012 W100K ride, and since then has become one of the most active members members of Team 43.  By sharing his story and encouraging others to make a difference, he helps others remember that they are not forgotten and their sacrifices were not in vain -- and that moving towards a successful transition is a major priority.

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71%

of Americans have little to no understanding of the issues facing our post-9/11 veterans

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