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Camaraderie - The strong bonds that tie are born under fire and in garrison, both overseas and at home. They come from shared experience and sacrifice, loss and achievement, all in support of a noble cause. They are ultimately one of the most important elements of a Warriors life. The support system and sense of family remains long after they leave active service. We must remember that this sense of camaraderie can drive recovery, enable transition, and empower our Warriors as they look to the future.
“I have the greatest job in the world. I get to go to work every day with guys that are willing to sacrifice their lives for me and I’m willing to do the same for them. And I don’t think you can find that anywhere else.”- Major Kenneth Dwyer
“Being around the other guys and being able to share stories, tell war stories and have the conversations you can have with your brothers that you can’t with maybe your spouse or your family…that’s what I take from this event [Warrior Open], the camaraderie that brings the guys together.” - Corporal Chad Pfeifer
“It’s just really good to know there are people who have gone through tons of different things, everybody has a different story, everyone gets affected differently, but you’re all on the same path. We’re all trying to do the same thing. So it’s just good company.” – Staff Sergeant Jason Searles
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 Fort Worth.
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
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