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President Bush to host national Summit on the role of philanthropy in supporting post-9/11 veterans’ transition from the military

February 6, 2015


General Peter Chiarelli, CEOs, and Non-Profit Leaders to explore how funding and non-profit organizations can more effectively serve post-9/11 veterans and military families

On February 18th, the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center will host its second national Summit in support of post-9/11 veterans and military families. Leaders from the public and private sectors will examine how to empower communities, non-profit organizations, business and philanthropy to more effectively serve our transitioning warriors and their families.

During the Summit, the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative will release new research and functional tools that will enable funders to make more informed investment decisions, and veteran and military serving non-profits to better provide services and enduring outcomes for a successful transition. The new research builds upon research released last year by the Military Service Initiative that examined the military-civilian divide and identified areas of focus to empower veterans and their families during and after transition. 

The Summit will include a conversation with President George W. Bush. Panel discussions will focus on what a successful veteran transition looks like and how funders, non-profits, and communities play an effective role in delivering resources.



7:00 am                 Press check in begins

7:15 am                 Estimate time for Media sweep (Final details will be sent to credentialed members of the  media)

8:00 am                 Final check in for print reporters


8:30 am – 1:00pm 


The Honorable Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Presidential Center


 A Conversation with President George W. Bush

General Peter Chiarelli, USA, (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer, One Mind for Research

Marine Corps Veteran Brian Stann, Chief Executive Officer, Hire Heroes USA

Marine Corps Veteran David J. Smith, Team-43 Warrior


Introduction of Research and the Agenda

Colonel Miguel Howe, USA (Ret.), Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute


Session I: How do we deliver a successful transition?

Sergeant Major D. Wayne Robinson, USA (Ret.), Executive Director, Student Veterans of  America

Colonel James P. Isenhower III, USA, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

J.D. Crouch, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Service Organizations

Vikki Spruill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Council on Foundations

Jacob Harold, President and Chief Executive Officer, Guidestar


Introduction of Session II

Holly Kuzmich, Senior Vice President, George W. Bush Presidential Center


Session II: What do organizations and funders need to get there?

Holly Kuzmich, Senior Vice President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Mike Haynie, USAF, (Ret.), Vice Chancellor, Syracuse University

Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment

Michael Blecker, Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares

Ken Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Charity Navigator

Lewis Runnion, SVP, Public Policy and Director of Military Affairs, Bank of America


Introduction of Session III

Colonel Rich Morales, USA, Brigade Commander, US Army Cadet Command


Session III: The Community Component

Colonel Rich Morales, USA, Brigade Commander, US Army Cadet Command

Todd Baxter, Executive Director, Veterans Outreach Center

Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor, Veterans Employment, Veterans Benefits Administration

Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation

Richard Perez, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce


This event is OPEN PRESS. Credentials are required to cover the event. Please register for credentials by February 13, 2015 at 5 pm central time by clicking here. Legal name, title and date of birth are required for any reporter, photographer or crew member anticipated to attend the event. Any further follow-up instructions and logistics will be sent to media when credentials requests are finalized.

Due to extremely limited space, a clean program feed will also be provided to attending media via HD-SDI format. Program audio follows the video on the HD-SDI signal and a mult box will also be available. The event will also be broadcast live via web stream on www.bushcenter.org.


About the George W. Bush Institute: Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, non-partisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our Nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious. For more information, please visit www.bushcenter.org/, Facebook, and Twitter.