Advancing Outcomes for Our Post-9/11 Veterans and Their Families

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Learn more about Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR.
Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
Director, Veterans and Military Families
George W. Bush Institute

A new presidential administration and a new Congress make this the optimal time to take a fresh look at the strategies, policies, programs, and resources that can empower veterans and their families to successfully reenter civilian life and continue to lead for years to come.

About 3 million members of the U.S. armed forces have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations since 9/11, and more than 200,000 return to civilian life each year. Although many will transition smoothly, veterans and military families face challenges in finding meaningful careers and the educational pathways to get there, as well as help for physical and mental health problems. A new presidential administration and a new Congress make this the optimal time to take a fresh look at the strategies, policies, programs, and resources that can empower veterans and their families to successfully reenter civilian life and continue to lead for years to come.