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President Bush to Host Dr. Jill Biden, General Pete Pace, Business and Non-Profit Leaders for Summit Focused on Post-9/11 Veterans

February 12, 2014 by Hannah Abney

On February 19th, the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center will bring together leaders from across the private, public, and non-profit sectors to examine how Americans can more effectively support transitioning warriors and their families.

President George W. Bush will address the Summit to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing post 9-11 veterans, and how the Bush Institute will work with leaders across all sectors to unite the efforts of communities, non-profits, businesses, academics, and individuals to create a coalition of effective and efficient resources for veterans and their families. 


Empowering Our Nation's Warriors
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Conference Information
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George W. Bush Presidential Center Auditorium
2943 SMU Boulevard (please use Bush Avenue entrance)
Dallas, Texas

9:00 am – 1:00pm

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

Remarks by President George W. Bush

Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States and co-founder of Joining Forces

Session I: A Conversation with and General Pete Pace USMC, Ret. and Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone

Session II: Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families
General Peter Chiarelli, USA, Ret. CEO, One Mind for Research
Kenneth Fisher, Chairman & CEO, Fisher House Foundation
D. Wayne Robinson, Executive Director, Student Veterans of America
John W. Thiel, Head of Merrill Lynch

Session III: A Call to Action
The Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation
Joe DePinto, President & CEO, 7-Eleven, Inc.
Kent Hance, Chancellor, Texas Tech University System
Jake Wood, CEO, Team Rubicon; Cofounder, POS REP

This event is OPEN PRESS. Credentials are required to cover the event. Please register for credentials by February 14, 2014 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, live event feeds will also be provided to attending media via HD-SDI format.  Those feeds include a program feed and ISO of three camera angles (robo or studio build up). This includes a head on podium shot and the wide stage shot.

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/live.


About the George W. Bush Institute: The Bush Institute is the policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the Presidential library and museum, located on the campus of SMU in Dallas. For more information, please visitwww.bushcenter.orgFacebook, and Twitter.

About Joining Forces: Joining Forces is a national initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to engage all sectors of society to give our service members, veterans and military families the opportunities and support they have earned. To learn more about the Joining Forces initiative, visit JoiningForces.gov, like Joining Forces on Facebookand follow @JoiningForces on Twitter.


Hannah Abney
Hannah Abney

Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group.  Abney also led communications efforts  at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons. 

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