Stand-To 2021: A National Veterans Convening


February 18, 2021

On February 18, leaders from the public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors will come together to collaborate on how best to support post-9/11 veterans. At Stand-To 2021, we’ll examine research and solutions and offer policy recommendations that will equip veterans with the support necessary to continue their service as leaders to our country.


Research shows that while every veteran transition looks different, there are three keys to a successful transition: education, employment, and health and well-being. There is a sea of goodwill dedicated to supporting military veterans and their families with these issues as they transition back into civilian life. Government programs and initiatives, more than 45,000 philanthropic organizations, corporations, and millions of individuals are committed to improving veterans’ quality of life. However, these efforts do not always align, which can create confusion and gaps in service to transitioning veterans and their families.


In an effort to create more collaboration and coordination, three task forces focused on veteran employment, education, and health and well-being have been working throughout 2020 to develop observations, findings, and recommendations on how we can all better serve our veteran community. On February 18, representatives from the task forces will share their insights and call-to-actions.


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Speakers and Panels


Welcome Remarks 


Kenneth A. Hersh
President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center




President George W. Bush


Advancing Outcomes for our Veterans and their families


Colonel Matthew Amidon
Director, Bush Institute Military Service Initiative


What the Data and Research Says About Veteran Transition


Colonel Matthew Amidon
Director, Bush Institute Military Service Initiative


Dr. Nick Armstrong
Senior Director for Research and Analytics, Institute for Veterans and Military Families




Dr. Kristin Saboe
Senior Manager, Employee Listening, Research, & Talent Strategy, The Boeing Company


Employment Panel


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Liz Krepps
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP


Lisa Lutz
President, SOLID


Brig. Gen. John Quintas USAF (Ret.)
Managing Director of Global Military Affairs, Amazon


Education Panel


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Maj. Amy Bernard, USMC (Ret.)
Senior Manager, Economic Opportunity, Bush Institute Military Service Initiative


Rebecca Burgess
2021 National Security Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Ryan Pavel
CEO, Warrior-Scholar Project


Health and Well-being Panel


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Kacie Kelly
Deputy Director, Bush Institute Military Service Initiative


Dr. Zach Cohen
Mental Health Researcher, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge


Dr. Carmen McLean
Clinical Psychologist, National Center for PTSD


Dr. Amanda Spray
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Program Director, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center


Taking Action


Holly Kuzmich
Executive Director, Bush Institute


Anne Marie Dougherty
Chief Executive Officer, Bob Woodruff Foundation


Dr. Chris Howard
President, Robert Morris University


Sec. Robert McDonald
8th Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs and the April and Jay Graham Bush Institute Fellow


Advancing the Biden administration’s priorities for veterans and their families


Terri Tanielian
Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Affairs for the Domestic Policy Council 


What’s Next?


Colonel Matthew Amidon
Director, Bush Institute Military Service Initiative


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