As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to remember that this is not just another holiday. The average member in the military today has experienced more service in a combat theater than any in our nation’s history. Many have had multiple combat tours. Over two million have deployed since 2007. “Giving back” to our veterans and their families – acknowledging, honoring, and responding to their service and sacrifice is the nation’s responsibility – not just something the government does.
Our nation wants to give back. According to a Pentagon White Paper, there are over 400,000 registered websites for donors and organizations supporting our service men and women. “This is more than a pool of do-gooders – it is a Sea of Goodwill,” the Paper concludes, “our nation needs a method to navigate this sea.” How can Americans best organize their efforts to give back?
Join us as three of our nation’s most effective and respected organizations working with veterans and their families reflect on their efforts and how their work can point the way to what others can do for this great generation of veterans.
More About the Speakers
John A. Baden, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Warriors and Quiet Waters
Lieutenant Commander Edie Rosenthal, USN (Ret.)
Public Relations Director, Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Colonel Jack Jacobs, USA (Ret.)
Medal of Honor Recipient and Vice Chairman, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director