President Bush Surprises Veterans at the Bush Center
November 11, 2013, President George W. Bush surprised a few groups of veterans, including members of the Southern Methodist University's student veterans groups and the Sons of the Flag, during their Veterans Day visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Also pictured is Col. Miguel Howe, USA, Ret.; Director of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. Veterans Day visitors to the Bush Presidential Museum are greeted by President Bush in this video message.
Among those in attendance were Colonel Charles “Chuck” DeBellevue, USAF (Ret), and his wife Sally. While serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Col. DeBellevue became the first Air Force Weapon System Officer to become a “Flying Ace.” He received the Air Force Cross, the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Air Force.
Thank you for your service Colonel DeBellevue and to all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Meet the W100k Warriors
The Bush Institute’s W100K spotlights the role of sport in recovery for our post-9/11 veterans and honors their bravery and sacrifice.
A Vet's Marathon Run Leads to Unexpected Healing
David J. Smith is a post-9/11 veteran and a Team 43 Sports alumni. He joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and served as an Infantry Rifleman and Team Leader with Alpha Company “Raiders” of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He was deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, his unit was engaged in some of the heaviest fighting of the war to date including the battle of An Najaf in August 2004. He was honorably discharged in 2007, but upon his return home experienced severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Smith took ownership of his transition and sought help for his injuries. Today, he is an example of what a successful veteran transition can look like. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to run the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, sponsored by Energi, Inc. Running the marathon was an once-in-a-lifetime experience
Team 43 Alum and Paralympian Patty Collins on Overcoming Invisible Wounds
I remember googling “symptoms of depression” and finding myself mentally checking YES to many of them. I knew I was in trouble.
The Bush Institute Speaks with Dave Smith about the Invisible Wounds of War
Because we know that the health and wellbeing of post-9/11 veterans is often complex, the Bush Institute has asked veterans to explain in their own words what it’s like to experience one or more of these injuries.