Boeing Donates $10M to the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Boeing has awarded $10 million to the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative in support of veterans' programs and services. The company's donation is part of a $30 million, multi-year investment aimed at veterans' recovery and rehabilitation programs and military transition services. In 2018 alone, Boeing grant dollars will assist more than 100 veterans' nonprofits, worldwide.
"We are proud to support our nation's military beyond the battlefield," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "That includes a commitment to hiring veterans and investing in their families and communities. Through our support of the Military Service Initiative, we plan to ease the burden of the military to civilian transition experience for service members and ensure our heroes are equipped with the resources and health services necessary to succeed in their next mission after military service."
Boeing's contribution to the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative will support the inaugural year of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Initiative, the Domestic Excellence Endowment Fund, and sponsorship of the Portraits of Courage traveling exhibit. Through these programs, the Bush Institute honors the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and their families, ensuring successful transitions back into civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
"Laura and I have dedicated the rest of our lives to supporting our veterans and their families," said President George W. Bush. "At the Bush Institute, we are focused on addressing the invisible wounds of war, removing the stigma that surround them, and ensuring veterans and caregivers seek and receive comprehensive, effective care. I'm grateful to Boeing for helping to make this important work possible."
The wellness focus of the Military Service Initiative addresses the "invisible wounds of war" which include traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Understanding the stigmas often associated with the invisible wounds, the Bush Institute has developed a library of resources to combat negative stereotypes and raise awareness of the symptoms, seriousness, and treatment of these issues.
The Military Service Initiative was inspired by the courage of military service members, who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States in support of enduring freedom. The program also highlights organizations that support U.S. service personnel and their families during deployment and after they return home.