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The All-Volunteer Force – Service Above Self
Since 9/11, over two million veterans from our all-volunteer force have served in the Global War on Terror. Resilience, service above self and sacrifice are attributes embodied by all of our Warriors as they answered the call to defend freedom. They selflessly put the needs of the nation above their own and for that, we owe not only gratitude, but effective support, clear opportunity, and empowerment.
“I am more than happy to deploy every year, deploy away from home and away from family in order to support and defend the people that we have at home – the friends and family and all the other constituents of the United States. I love our country and I am more than happy to deploy every year doing that.” – Captain Matt Anderson
“I’d have stayed 30 years if they had let me.” - Technical Sergeant David Romanowsky
“We were a military family and I was just falling in line with that. I really wanted to do something for our country and I’m very glad that I did.” – Master Sergeant Kenneth Gestring
“I was medically discharged from United States Marine Corps in ’98…but after 9/11 I was compelled to really come back in…there is no quit in me, there’s no quit in any guys who are here.” – First Lieutenant Brian Donarski
Matthew Amidon is the Program Manager for the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR, is the Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Colonel Amidon leads the day to day efforts of the Military Service Initiative and the team leading our policy and programmatic work on veteran transition.
Colonel Amidon has served in both active duty and reserve capacities since 1994. As an AV-8B Harrier pilot, he deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, at the operational and staff level. In his current reserve capacity he serves as the Deputy Group Commander, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Joint Reserve Base Forth Worth, TX.
Recently, Colonel Amidon was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission. COVER provides advice to the VA, the President, and Congress, and examines the benefits of integrative treatments for the mental health conditions of veterans. The commission will also analyze the benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments in non-government affiliated facilities.
Colonel Amidon is originally from Stowe, Vermont and is a graduate of The University of Vermont. He earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2009. In 2012, he attended The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he earned a Master of Science. Colonel Amidon is married with three children.Full Bio
We Can All Serve, and We Should
This nation was founded on the ideals of freedom and those freedoms are protected because of those who served on and off the battlefield.
5 Leaders to Watch on International Women’s Day
At the Bush Institute, we are proud to work with strong women leaders who are improving lives around the world.
Always Ask, It May Save a Life
Suicide doesn’t care about your age, gender, rank, status or wealth. It doesn’t care if you’re a Green Beret, Navy Seal, a cook , a medic, or a logistician. Suicide doesn’t care.