American Patriot: President George W. Bush

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Patriot

A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.”

The American Patriot Series acknowledges the activities of individuals, celebrities, and/or groups who have taken it upon themselves to give of their time, effort, and/or money to support active duty military personnel and our country’s veterans. Their actions identify them as a patriot and the purpose of this series is to recognize them as a patriot.

A Gallup poll in 2011 reported that almost 7 of 10 people blame former President George W. Bush (GWB) of the current state of our economy. And pundit Howard Galganov reminded his subscribers in June, 2016, that

Bush 43 . . . who grew the Size of Government, the Debt, and Sat in Power during the BIGGEST Financial Collapse since the Great Depression.

Although most Americans do in fact blame President Bush for the drop in our economy or for taking us into war under false pretenses, no one can deny his love and support of the members of our military and our veterans.

Many may be unaware that, as president, Bush visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center multiple times during his presidency, most in private, with no press or cameras. In other words, he made those visits with no fanfare, whatsoever.

In December, 2008, perhaps the Washington Times said it best:

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

And from Freedom Daily:

In contrast, George W. Bush sent personal letters to the families of all 4000 troops who had died in the Afghanistan & Iraq wars by 2008. He met with over 1400 wounded veterans, and the families of those killed in combat. The former president would frequently visit wounded servicemen & women in VA hospitals.

President Bush’ guiding light was a headline in a 2011 report‘One of My Objectives Is to Make Sure’ Americans Never Forget Our Troops.”

One of the things he did was to create the Military Service Initiativewhich is part of the George W. Bush Institute. Their mission:

honor the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by improving their well-being and unleashing their potential.

As part of the institute, GWB started two amazing events in 2011 for wounded veterans: the Warrior 100k Bike Ride (W100K), a challenging mountain bike ride in west Texas; and the Warrior Open Golf Tournamenta 36-hole golf outing.

During the W100K ride in 2014, President Bush said,

I’m incredibly proud that they were willing to serve, that they were courageous in service and that when wounded, they did not let that overwhelm them. It’s amazing to be here with them.

Many have heard of the W100K but may ask, “why golf?” GWB replied

Veterans do not accidentally turn to golf. The game often becomes a way to help them recover from the physical and mental traumas they experienced on the battlefield.

These two events allow wounded warriors to put aside their injuries for a couple of days and join fellow veterans in uplifting and challenging sports.

In just one personal example of Bush meeting with veterans, Jeff Rainforth related in his article entitled, George W. Bush Is Still Leading — By Example, that Bush met his good friend Senior Airman Brian KolfageKolfage was severely injured in Iraq when an insurgent mortar landed three feet from him. He lost both legs and an arm in the explosion.

If there are any doubts about President Bush’s patriotism and support of our veterans, just look at this photo array and you can see for yourself.

President Bush: we are enriched by knowing of your contributions to our active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families.

You are truly an American Patriot! And we salute you!

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Note: Other articles in the American Patriot Series:

1. American Patriot: Madison Rising, Part 1

2. American Patriot: Madison Rising, Part 2

3. American Patriot: Gary Sinise

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]