Veterans & Military Families

Veteran Transition

The Bush Institute focuses on three main pillars relating to veteran and military family transition: education, employment, and health and well-being.

Marine Corps Capt. Kimberly Sonntag holds the American flag out the back of a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter as it moves to Operating Base Fenty, Dec. 24, 2017. Dunford and Troxell, along with USO entertainers, visited service members who are deployed during the holidays. This year’s entertainers are Chef Robert Irvine, wrestler Gail Kim, comedian Iliza Shlesinger, actor Adam Devine, country musician Jerrod Niemann, and WWE Superstars “The Miz” and Alicia Fox. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

“We recognize that in helping our veterans, we can unleash the potential of a generation of resourceful, determined, and experienced leaders.”
— President George W. Bush

While many veterans move seamlessly into their next chapters, others face a range of issues from choosing the best education and career path to experiencing challenges with their physical, mental, and brain health. The Bush Institute Veteran Transition work includes developing research-driven policy recommendations to make transitions simpler and more accessible.



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

Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment

Mark Goulart

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

Todd Platt

Chief Executive Officer, Hillwood Investments