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Stand To: A united call to action to better serve transitioning vets

Stand To: A United Call to Action to Better Serve Transitioning Vets

June 19, 2017 3 minute Read by Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Ret.
More than 45,000 philanthropic organizations, government programs and initiatives, large and small corporations, and millions of individuals are committed to addressing veteran transition. But often, these organizations work in isolation, causing confusion and disjointed gaps in service for transitioning veterans and their families.

As America’s post-9/11 veterans navigate their transitions, they often encounter a host of complex and interconnected issues. The good news is that our nation has overwhelmingly answered the call to deliver support. One example: more than 45,000 philanthropic organizations, government programs and initiatives, large and small corporations, and millions of individuals are committed to addressing these issues.

But often, these organizations work in isolation, causing confusion and disjointed gaps in service for transitioning veterans and their families. Lack of coordination, integration, and documentation of effectiveness leave veterans and families confused on how to best navigate and connect to resources. And no one singular entity has led the charge to promote collaboration.

That’s why this week the Bush Institute will convene more than 70 organizations in Washington, D.C. for an event called Stand-To. Stand-to is a military term for a call to action: to prepare, equip with resources, receive orders, and move forward in a unified approach.

Since January, three Bush Institute-led veteran task force groups have focused on education, employment, and health and wellbeing - the three issues that research shows are key to a successful transition. The task force members, made up of representatives from the business, non-profit, government and academic sectors, will present their recommendations at Friday’s Stand-To, offering an opportunity to find solutions and a unified common vision to improve veteran outcomes during a new administration and the road ahead.

With clearer data, unified vision, and a leading strategy, we can better serve our veterans and their families in each issue area, while maximizing national effort and resourcing.

To learn more about the civilian-military divide and our veteran resources, visit the following links:


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Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Ret.
Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Ret.

Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Ret. is the inaugural April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. As an endowed Fellow, Colonel Howe represents the Bush Institute's work to improve the transition of post-9/11 veterans to civilian life, and to foster veteran leadership to enhance our businesses, communities and nation. In this role, he advocates for post 9-11 veterans and builds awareness for the issues that affect their transitions, with a focus on employment, education, and health and wellbeing.

Colonel Howe retired from the United States Army where he served for over 24 years in a myriad of command and staff assignments to include in Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the commander of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Advisory Group, Camp Morehead Afghanistan. He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Chief of Staff for the NATO Training Mission in Al Rustamiyah, Iraq. A Special Forces Officer, he has commanded special operations forces on numerous deployments throughout Latin America with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Colonel Howe served as the Special Assistant to the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and commanded the U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion. He began his Army career in the 25th Infantry Division as a Rifle Platoon Leader.

Colonel Howe was selected in 2006 by President George W. Bush to serve as a White House Fellow. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is married with two children.

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