Domestic Excellence

Team 43

Highlighting the resilience and continued leadership of our wounded warriors and their families.

Warrior Open at the AT&T Byron Nelson
Highly-competitive golf tournament. Applications now open.
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Warrior 100K
A high-endurance mountain bike ride.
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Team 43 Sports showcases the courage, commitment, and resilience of these warriors and underscores the importance of sports as part of the rehabilitation process for our men and women injured on the front lines.

The Bush Institute hosts two events featuring injured servicemen and women: the W100K, a high-endurance three-day bike ride, and the Warrior Open, a highly competitive golf tournament. Since 2011, more than 180 warriors have participated in Team 43 Sports events.

Team 43 Alumni 

A nationwide alumni program provides leadership and skills training to the warriors who have ridden in the W100K and played in the Warrior Open. These resources assist in their transition and help them continue to lead in their communities.

Military Service Initiative

Ensuring post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life

Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kacie Kelly
Kacie Kelly Deputy Director, Health and Well-being George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Major Amy Bernard, USMC (Ret.)
Major Amy Bernard, USMC (Ret.) Senior Program Manager, Veteran Economic Opportunity George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kat Cole
Kat Cole Senior Program Manager, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Emily Casarona
Emily Casarona Program Manager, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Brooke Dority
Brooke Dority Senior Program Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Terri Tanielian
Terri Tanielian Fellow, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio