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Five for Friday
A Weekly Digest from the Bush Center
June 30, 2017
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Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
This Independence Day, we will gather with loved ones to celebrate the bravery of our Nation‚Äôs Founders. Their declaration that our country would be one of freedom and independence has allowed the U.S. to be a beacon of hope, strength, and liberty. As we celebrate these freedoms first declared on July 4, 1776, we must also remember and celebrate the many warriors who have protected these rights for centuries.
This Independence Day, we echo President Bush‚Äôs 2006 Independence Day Proclamation: ‚ÄúWe offer our gratitude to all the American patriots, past and present, who have sought to advance freedom and lay the foundations of peace. Because of their sacrifice, this country remains a beacon of hope for all who dream of liberty and a shining example to the world of what a free people can achieve.‚ÄĚ
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While in the gallery, you‚Äôll be inspired by the heroic men and women who helped secure our liberty‚Ä¶and you‚Äôll learn about the steps we can all take to help our post-9/11 veterans make a successful transition to civilian life, including employment and addressing invisible wounds.
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Watch | Stand-To to ‚ÄúImproving Veteran Transition‚ÄĚ
On June 23, the Bush Institute‚Äôs Military Service Initiative hosted Stand-To: A National Veterans Convening in Washington, D.C. President and Mrs. Bush, and leaders across the public, private, non‚Äźprofit, and philanthropic sectors, gathered to outline an action plan to improve transition for veterans and their families.
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Watch | Mrs. Bush Honors Military Caregivers at Stand-To
At last week‚Äôs Stand-To, Mrs. Bush highlighted the crucial role military caregivers play and urged the public and private sector to do more to help their families. ‚ÄúWhile our servicemen and women are deployed, their spouses are the ones taking care of everything at home,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWhile there are over 4 million post-9/11 veterans, there are 8-10 million family members who would also benefit from those transition services. So, we must consider how we can improve family and caregiver life in those areas as well.‚ÄĚ
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Read | Bush Institute's Matthew Rooney Testifies in Public Hearing on Renegotiation of NAFTA
On June 27, the Bush Institute‚Äôs Director of Economic Growth Matthew Rooney was invited to testify during a public hearing held by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding the renegotiation of NAFTA. Rooney offered five approaches to the upcoming negotiations that are a pragmatic way to strengthen the U.S. economy in a reasonable period of time.
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See | Burmese Young Leaders Graduate from Liberty and Leadership Forum
This week, 20 young leaders from Burma graduated from the Bush Institute‚Äôs Liberty and Leadership Forum, an educational training program that equips participants with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed during a democratic transition. This is the third class from Burma. President Bush spoke at the event, and Mrs. Bush joined graduates on stage for a panel conversation.
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