George W. Bush Institute

Veterans & Military Families

Helping veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life.

President Buhs hugging a military member on the W100K.

“Our warriors are the one percent of America who kept the 99 percent safe. We have a duty to help make their transitions as successful as possible.”
— President George W. Bush

The Veterans and Military Families program helps veterans, service members and their loved ones make successful transitions through leadership programming and research-driven policy recommendations. We focus on informing the veteran employment, education, and health and well-being space so that transitions are simpler and more accessible.

Connect to Care

Veterans, service members, families, caregivers, and survivors experiencing difficulties in daily life or in distress can reach out to Check-In and trust that an advocate will find a licensed mental and brain health professional who can help.

Connect with Check-In


Read Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)'s biography.
Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Director, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read D’Juan Wilcher, Lieutenant Commander, USNR's biography.
D'Juan Wilcher
D’Juan Wilcher, Lieutenant Commander, USNR

Deputy Director, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read Christopher Vidaurre's biography.
Christopher Vidaurre

Senior Program Manager, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read Alex Gorsky's biography.
Alex Gorsky

April and Jay Graham Fellow George W. Bush Institute

Read James Nicholson's biography.
James Nicholson

Secretary Department of Veterans Affairs

René Bardorf

Senior Advisor, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

General Peter Chiarelli

Former CEO, One Mind; Veteran U.S. Army

Dan Goldenberg, USNR

Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment

Mark Goulart

Former Principal, Deloitte Consulting; Veteran U.S. Army

Todd Platt

Chief Executive Officer, Hillwood Investments