George W. Bush, Miguel Howe

Retired Col. Miguel Howe, left, gets a playful pat on the head from former President George W. Bush during a break in a summit titled “Empowering Our Nation’s Warriors” on Wednesday at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas. Bush’s policy institute hosted the summit on helping veterans transition to civilian life.

LM Otero | AP

DALLAS — Efforts must be made to end the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress disorder, which can hinder military veterans’ transition into civilian life and employment, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday.

Addressing a summit at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush said some veterans are reluctant to seek help and that employers often don’t realize the condition can be treated.

“As a result of public misunderstanding, employers sometimes cite it as a reason for not hiring vets,” Bush said.

“As most doctors today will tell you, post-traumatic stress is not a disorder. Post-traumatic stress or PTS is an injury that can result from the experience of war,” he said. “And like other injuries, PTS is treatable.”

Bush said his institute has been working with Syracuse University on a study of the

issues affecting veterans who have served since 9/11. Bush said full results of the study will be released this spring and that the information will help employers understand what veterans have to offer, noting that both veterans and employers have a hard time translating military experience.

“You don’t see many job postings that say: ‘Wanted: Experience hunting insurgents and terrorists. Willing to risk life for co-workers,’” Bush said.

“Or what’s a veteran supposed to put down?” he asked. “My last office was a Humvee?” He said that the institute also will work with higher education officials on how to recruit and retain veterans.

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also spoke at the summit that included panel discussions with former military leaders, business people and nonprofit leaders. Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama founded the Joining Forces campaign to rally the country around its servicemen and servicewomen.

“Our military families have done so much for our country and each of us can do something in return,” she said.

The summit is part of the institute’s Military Service Initiative, which has also hosted golf tournaments and mountain bike rides for those wounded while serving in the military. The institute is part of Bush’s presidential center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Some people, like liberals, just can't sit back and let good things happen for others. They have to make it all about themselves, and add their hate speech to boot.

They do this as they make false claims about their patriotism, support of our troops, and veterans, even as they spew their hate.

Dr Strangelove

SPOT ON Bubba [thumbup]

Dr Strangelove

Well for One he was a business owner were/are you? Two he’s a Veteran. Three he has influence that can help people. Man you Obama worshipers are never happy about anything—this is a good thing he’s doing here. Stop the hating Mamma.

Mamma Griz

What does he know about the difficulties of veterans finding employment? If you can't find employment, just throw your weight and money around and it will come. And what does he know about PTSD? Rather than host the big shots, he should work where there are veterans.

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