Last month, former President George W. Bush made headlines by publicly unveiling his paintings of world leaders in The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy. While many have weighed in on the artistic merit of the former president, few can deny his passion for helping post-9/11 service members. This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the fourth annual Warrior 100K (W100K) at Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
The W100K is a three-day 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for seriously wounded veterans. This event, along with the Warrior Open golf tournament, honors U.S. service members as well as recognizing organizations that help them and their families. Both events are part of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, which seeks to support post-September 11th service members in multiple areas.
This year, sixteen servicemen and women participated in the ride. While many of the physical wounds are readily apparent due to prosthetic limbs, others are not as obvious, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or someone you know is a wounded veteran would like to participate in future events or learn more about President Bush’s Military Service Initiative visit the Bush Center website at http://www.bushcenter.org/bush-institute/military-service-initiative.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University at 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors (62+), $14 for youth (13-17) and $10 for youth (5-12). For more information visit www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu