tv George W. Bush and Laura Bush Speak at Veterans Transition Summit CSPAN July 4, 2017 3:35pm-4:44pm EDT
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president bush: laura and i are honored you all came. thank you for opening your door to the concerns about our vets. i want to thank david for being here, secretary of president trump will sign the bill. this will give you some tools to reform the v.a.. if anybody can reform the v.a., you can. you are a strong leader and we're happy to have your service for our country. [applause]
a lot of times, you hear people gripe about the v.a.. it's important for our citizens to care deeply about our vets transition. this today, three educators from three parts of the country. it spends a lot of time on veterans issues. my predecessor at the bush center is now head of the from they of north i
university of texas system. a meaningful higher education. they felt a little out of place. primarily because of age and partly because of experience. i want to thank you for being here. we have a lot of that's here today. i wish you would stand out so we could recognize you. vets and families. [applause] maybe we should've gotten everybody who owon.
i tell people all the time that we are a fortunate nation to have millions volunteer in the face of danger. i view our vets as a tremendous national asset. a phd in life without having had to go to college. they've seen a lot. they learned teamwork, discipline, skills. it they've it under pressure. the question is, can we help them if they need help? i want to thank fontaine and flow and macro for speaking. if you can't get a sense of the national asset available, you're not hearing very well. michael because he is a subject, or maybe he thinks of the them -- victim of my paintings.
turns out you are not the only subject to his here. five friends, five people i got to know well. painted people who i've . i said, do you like your portrait, and their general response is "i'm honored you painted me." [laughter] the reason i painted the men and women in the book "portraits of courage" is to share their stories and raise money for the veterans programs at the bush center. for those of you that have not bought the book yet, feel free to do so. those that live -- they want to
work. one of the things that the bush , helping the vets better understand how to bridge the civilian divide. how to better talk in civilian terms. i'm a sniper. a lot of corporate vice they don't think we need a sniper this year. hopefully what they will say is that this person is cool under fire. disciplined and well trained. that's that are
interested in discovering what , the bushred center.org. one of the things that prevents that's from realizing their dreams are the invisible wounds of war. those stories that yield important lessons that we've learned. and i've talked about one of them, the stigma of posttraumatic stress syndrome. you're likely not to admit you've got a disorder. i won't get promoted if i get a disorder, people won't understand me if i have a disorder. in order to help defeat the
stigma of posttraumatic stress, we dropped the d. it's courageous to volunteer in the face of danger and justice courageous to talk about the invisible wounds of war. we can only talk about posttraumatic stress. pass the healing, dealing with the injury to be open about it. counseling really works well. is hard for us to understand what a vet is trying to tell us. the best way for a vet to get help is for a vet to seek a fellow vet.
i don't dare name them. there are a lot of very good programs. and in the first stage, of course, the help with the professionals. this is what the secretary is committed to. not who gets credit, but how can we help the vets transition. work we arent the doing today is going to make a big difference. but they are doing seriously, -- one of the
things we're doing at the bush center, helping people understand what it means to be a leader. these the real dangers residential libraries is we can become pretty irrelevant quickly. we've got four really good libraries. bush 41, bill clinton, ,rother with a different mother and hours at smu. margaret came up with this idea that bill's library and my library started. they have residential leadership scholars. we teach them case study methods
on leadership. to give them a new perspective, we announce we will do the same thing. it will be made available on our website. i am confident this program will make a lasting impact on not only our vets, but those trying to help that. i want to thank you all for being here. this is a spectacular gathering of people. it is helping vets. god bless.
[applause] >> good morning. on behalf of the billing company, i wanted to share what an honor it is to be here today. gratifyingring and to be alongside you. there is so much that have given themselves to our great nation. i am even more blessed than i had the opportunity to see them firsthand following their former -- formal service type.
never stop serving. they may no longer wear a uniform, but the selflessness and character that defines military life never disappears. no matter what comes next in their lives or careers. we believe veterans deserve societies highest respect and we they aretted to ensure given every opportunity to thrive and remain healthy. we are grateful to president bush and misses bush for making this a centerpiece of their postpresidential work and are honored to participate. and serving as a moderator as military generalist and author. confirmed for this role by the senate on february 13, 2017. he brought years of experience serving as under secretary of veterans affairs.
his distinguished career as a medical doctor, professor, and leader in the field of health care. defense editor and political pro. he previously worked with the boston globe. conducting military operations around the globe. the author of the book "you're not forgotten." the search for a missing world war ii pilot in the south pacific. great honor to welcome the ninth secretary of veterans affairs, the honorable david shelton and our moderator, bryan bender. thank you. [applause]
>> happy friday, everyone. welcome. inks for coming. joining us at the u.s. chamber of commerce, i am bryan bender. we are glad you have joined us for the first interview of the day here at the bush institute. for national veterans convening. i will be moderating a one-on-one conversation with secretary shall can to get issues going forward. kimberlyh my colleague , we will have a conversation and.congressman tim walsh to get a congressional perspective. a programming note, if you want to join the conversation on twitter because we can't do anything these days without
#stand2.the hashtag is please join the conversation. and one last note, a special thanks to starbucks. our sponsor for the event here this morning. it probably got us here this morning. at least some of us. to davidelay, welcome chilton. -- shulkin. we will talk about an issue that a lot of people have talked about is veterans employment. for obvious reasons, the v.a. focuses on providing health services to veterans. but can you tell us a little bit about your view and your objectives using the v.a. and ,ts convening power, the budget to try to do a better job of ,onnecting veterans to society
to meaningful jobs as the president said. should the v.a. do more in terms of programs or more of an integrator of what is already out there in the nonprofit world? you mentioned a lot of the focus has been on health care and we have been changing the way that we feel about health care. the focus not so much on disease, but well-being. and when you think about the well-being of our veterans, you have to think about employment. -- most powerful for dichter predictor is meaningful fulfillment in life. and the ability to be able to give act and to work. and to work.ck a lot of it has been connecting veterans during this period of transition and finding meaningful ways for them to give back.
we prioritize veterans homeless this we've made great progress. if you don't connect people back with a way to sustainably maintain themselves, they fall back into homelessness. in,any of the areas we work what the president was talking about, was really connecting with work. these programs are important, connecting with community organizations and being part of the community to get veterans connected with the right resources. with the u.s. chamber of commerce and those in the audience come from corporate america. some of those leaders are doing a very good job already of hiring veterans. bit aboutk a little some things the government can do to further incentivize? not just a higher veterans but possibly tax credits as someone
suggested, those who might go off for some months, and companies that have to do with that. that they can do to incentivize corporate america to do more? the overall good news is, those that are part of the organizations, the secret is no longer secret. veterans are really among the most preferred employees that corporations can hire. veterans are terrific entrepreneurs. after 2001, the unemployment rate among veterans was 10.7%. higher than the average population.
veteran employment is lower than the average population. and companies are struggling to find enough veterans to hire. 1530 six companies have committed to hiring over one million veterans. lookingnow, many more how they can identify such a talented pool of people to join the organizations. while the government can do more , i think that we are really hear successful when you flow, michael, and fontaine. who wouldn't want them as part of their organizations? found theat we successful recipe here. it really is to connect people to do work like the bush institute is doing to provide leadership skills to be able to make those connections.
our younger veteran service groups are providing those types of skills. i think we have really found something that is working already. does the v.a. have data or do you get a sense of what kinds of jobs veterans are getting? it looks like the overall numbers are good. not just a job. people that can feel like it can be there . you have a sense of that. >> it is something the bush institute has identified a really key issue here. leadership training and mentoring. that is what you see so many of our younger veteran groups doing, connecting people who want to be part of the communities and want to be leaders.
the military really does provide leadership skills. and while people may enter organizations at various levels, it is really those first four to five years when you enter an organization that you begin to set your path on if you will advance in the organization. you can advise us on the best ways you can contribute. we know from our veterans that they tend to be much more involved and engaged in their community. people look up to them and they tend to be natural leaders. it doesn't surprise me when i see an organization increasingly that has veterans rising to the senior ranks, going on to be chief executives. another question on
veterans and their challenges, reintegrating in society. minute women volunteered to serve in the military. how concerned are you that america conflicts have dragged on. that you have a country that is fromd large is connected military families and veterans. they give -- are the things of soma your level can do in terms of trying to connect the country is a very narrow set of people that live in their own world, oftentimes. it is hard to really be understood.
i am concerned about the increasing military and civilian divide. we talked about this last night with the president. work is being done at syracuse university to try to understand this. but with 0.8% of our population now serving, we have many american families that don't even know people, and don't understand. the tremendous commitment that not only these young men and women give when they go off to serve their country, but their entire family gives when they go off to serve. part of our responsibility at the v.a. and so many of our community groups is to make sure we let people know not only about what these young men and women do when they raise their hand to protect their country, but what our responsibility is as a
country to them, not only when they go off to conflict, but when they come back. i think that is one of the roles we see. we learn a lot by looking at other countries. when you take a look at countries, and i am thinking in particular where everybody in the country serves, like a country like israel, you do not see so many of the problems when people come back with emotional or invisible wounds of war, because everybody around them understands so they have a built in network where most families have somebody who serves so that the community understands. i think what happens here is people return, and except for fellow veterans, most people around them in work and their life don't understand what they are going through. i think we have to do a much better job of getting people in
the country to understand how they can support our veterans when they return. bryan: let's switch gears a little bit and talk about health. which is a huge role that the v.a. plays. maybe we can start with the choice act. as many of us know is fairly recent legislation that tries to take a little bit of the burden off the v.a. and help veterans who may not be closely facility or cleric to get care, get good care and do it through a private system. that was recently renewed by the congress. for some period of time. there is some question about whether there is enough money to fund that. can you talk about how it has been working and where you see that going?
is that a model for perhaps a much larger program where you have a public-private system overall that relies on the v.a. health system for certain things, but then provide government subsidies? sec. shulkin: the origins of the choice program started with the v.a. crisis in april, 2014, where it became known that the demand for services was much greater than the supply services. congress came up with the choice program legislation. i think the most important thing we learned from that was that v.a. cannot do this alone. v.a. needs to work with the broader community in health care and outside of health care if we
are going to really uphold our responsibility to our veterans. congress, of course, designed the program, and they designed it in a way that had two problems. one, it was amazingly complex so that veterans did not understand how to access the program. the people who worked in the v.a. did not understand how to work the program. very few veterans in the beginning were actually getting help. they were getting frustrated. secondly, they designed the program around administrative roles. the way you could access care is if you lived 40 miles where from a primary care doctor or if you waited more than 30 days. what we have now proposed in order to continue the ability to access care for the -- into the community is two things. one is dramatically simplify the program so that people understand it.
and secondly, get rid of administrative roles and create a clinical system of care. that is what a health care system should be doing. we are working now with congress to redesign this program to make sure it works, but we are committed, as president bush said, to focus on what works for veterans and what i think is clear what works for veterans is, you take the best of what the v.a. does because v.a. is doing terrific work in many areas and you take at what the best of what the private sector does, and you allow the veteran to people to access services in an integrated fashion so that you do not experience the gaps in care that many in the private sector experience where doctors are not talking to each other, not sharing information, and so people get caught in these gaps. if you can create an integrated
system between the private sector and the v.a., i think veterans will benefit the most are from that type of system. you from that type of system. bryan: directly linked to the health of veterans long-term are disability benefits for those who have been wounded, dealing with long-term health problems from their service. the disability system as it is structured has not been changed very much at all. i am wondering if that is an issue you have started to look at as well. we live in an era where is a veteran you might have lost a limb or have a lifelong injury like that could still be fully employed in a digital economy. you could still live a full life and perhaps a generation ar two ago a veteran could not. is the payment structure, the competition structure, is it up to date enough? and should it include new things? wellness programs, for example, that try to help veterans longer term live a fuller life as opposed to just writing them a
check. sec. shulkin: one of the challenges that i faced coming into government from the private sector, not getting an education in washington, is the challenge that it is to suggest new ideas and that may potentially be viewed as a take away from current benefits. that is extremely hard to do in washington. i think you have to start with that everybody recognizes that we have a responsibility as a country to provide and to be able to supplement resources for veterans that were harmed or injured during their time of will duty. i don't think anybody is suggesting that we take away our
commitment to that, but to suggest that there is not a better way to do things i think is also wrong. i believe our current disability system that is designed from 50, 60, 70 years ago, i would suggest it is not sustainable, and it may not be achieving the results of well-being for our veterans. our system incentivizes disability. when our system should be incentivizing health and well-being. i believe that we do need to begin to start having a discussion and a dialogue, not so much about withdrawing our commitment, but how can we essentially enhance the outcomes of our system to help people? this is going to be a very difficult discussion to have,
because this is one that i worry that if not done well could become politicized. imagine that. v.a. has really done a great job in keeping itself in a bipartisan dialogue, and i am committed to making sure that v.a. and veterans do not become part of the political discussion, but more part of how do we do what we do better, how do we accomplish our mission better? so i think that rethinking how we could approach disability is a key topic that is going to be important in the future years. bryan: we've heard a lot this morning -- or we've been focused on post-9/11 veterans, as we
heard from some this morning. as you know, the median age of an american veteran is i think 55. the largest population is an aging one, and obviously that is not dissimilar from an issue we are dealing with as a country, the so-called silver tsunami as baby boomers age. and need more health care, need more services. is the v.a. prepared for that in the sense of enough facilities, enough doctors? because it seems like we're entering a period where for the next 20, 30 years, the vietnam-era veterans, cold war-era veterans are going to be a strain on the system. you don't hear a lot about that. it doesn't seem to me there is a laser-like focus on that issue. are we prepared, what are we
doing? sec. shulkin: i think you are exactly right. first of all, the v.a. tends to see the issues in the health care system before the rest of the health care system sees it and it's exactly what we are seeing now. the crisis in 2014, many people related directly to our returning younger veterans but in actuality most of our demand was our vietnam veterans growing older and requiring more services. while the number of veterans is projected to decline in the next 20 to 30 years, pending a new major conflict, our demand for services actually is expected to go up. so, our focus is on, how do we prepare to meet that demand? i think one could traditionally think of that as building more hospitals and capabilities in medicine and more long-term care
facilities but as you know health care's changing and the models of caring are changing. so we're looking at how do we actually help people remain in their homes, help do we help them stay healthy and avoid the need for complex care that takes place in hospitals and institutions? we are increasingly trying to change our medical model and rely more upon technologies like telehealth and help people maintain their normal environment and home environments. we are looking at how do we support structures like caregivers. right now, legislatively, v.a. is able to provide caregivers to post-9/11 veterans, which is a terrific program that we have, but what we want to do is expand that so that we can provide caregivers support to those that
are older, because if we can keep people healthy and safe at home, that is really the environment they want to be in, that we want them to be in, and it is also a cost-effective solution. we are doing a number of things in our approach to the growing age of our veteran population, and i think you are going to see new advances coming out as we begin to look at tools that will help our veterans stay healthy at home. bryan: one last question on veterans health. of course, all of this is connected with employment and reintegrating into society in a meaningful way. finding a new life. a little bit of a controversial question. as you know you're aware, the american legion, one of the oldest, certainly largest veterans associations, not
necessarily representative of the 9/11 veterans, has been appealing to president trump to reclassify or at least consider reclassifying cannabis, marijuana, so that the federal government could study its potential therapeutic properties for p.t.s. and i am going to start calling it p.t.s. not ptsd. the government would have to go through significant steps to get to the point where federal research can be done. we don't know if that works, but there is some indications that, in a controlled environment, could possibly supplement some of the drugs, some of the therapies that are currently being used but some would argue are not really working. we still have 20 veterans a day killing themselves.
every time i see that statistic, i'm shocked. each time. it's one of those things that i am shocked. what is your view? do you think the government should study at or at least begin to see whether there might be something there? sec. shulkin: our top priority, the only clinical priority we focus on right now, our top priority, is the prevention of veteran suicide. we are taking the approach that, until we can see results that are decreasing that number and getting it to zero, we have to be open to new ideas or therapies that may help. i wish i thought it was going to be as simple as one pill is going to fix this. i do believe that it's going to happen. i believe this is going to be a multifactoral approach which
means we have to be open to all sorts of new ideas. the issue of medical marijuana from the federal government point of view is one that, right now, we are prohibited by law from doing research on it or prescribing it. this is an area where actually the states are going to be leading in this, because as laws are being passed at the state level to use medical marijuana, we are seeing increasingly not only more clinical data coming out, but we are seeing more research being done. and so, as a physician scientist, i am interested in learning from that data and seeing, is this something that could help, and could help veterans? in this case, we not going to be out there doing that research or prescribing these different medicinal preparations unless
the laws change. bryan: got you. i wouldn't be doing my job if i didn't ask you about some news of the day. we heard about this this morning. you will be at the white house later as the president signs the v.a. accountability and whistleblower protection act, something that i think members of both parties have wanted for a long time. that gives you some more power, some more authority to make management changes at the v.a.. can you give us a sense of where you are headed about how you will go forward using some of that new authority? sec. shulkin: first of all, i am grateful to congress and the in president for moving forward with this.
this is an example where there is bipartisan support to help us fix issues we know have been broken for a long time. the basic issue is, in order to work in the v.a., i believe it is an honor and a privilege to be able to serve. there are, in small numbers of cases, employees that have forgotten that and clearly have lost their commitment to the values that we hold dear. and when you let people stay in an organization who are not demonstrating those values, that decreases the morale and takes away the motivation for the vast majority of our employees who, as president bush said, are overwhelmingly people that we're proud of and the greatest professionals i have seen working in health care in my career. i so i believe that to be able to move people out who have lost their way is going to be part of
the solution in fixing the v.a. and in fact, without the ability to get the right people in these jobs and the right people in our leadership positions, i don't think we will be able to reform the v.a. this is an important day, it is good news for veterans and their families, it's good news for our employees because we need to make sure that everybody is working in the v.a. for the right reasons. i don't think this is going to be something that is abused. i take it seriously that everyone deserves due process and we will make sure that that due process exists but when we find evidence -- and we've seen a lot of cases recently in the press that have just been so frustrating that we remove the employee and the merit system protection board judges brings those employees back, you shake
your head at those cases. after that, we will be able to change that course in the v.a. and it will be a positive step forward. bryan: you mentioned bipartisanship and i think we would all agree that the veterans' issues these days seems to be one of the few areas both parties can get together to get things done. this afternoon as i mentioned we will have a bipartisan duo from the senate and house veterans' committees. what can congress do in the near term? in this congress? are there things that congress can do what are some of those? secretary shulkin: well, first, i think it's important that we give congress the message how important it is they stay focus on what's right for veterans and
don't create a partisan issue over v.a. when you see what is happening in the rest of washington right now, you can imagine the pressures on our elected members to turn everything into a political issue. so i am very proud, particularly of those who serve in our committees, some of the leaders you are talking to today, that they have been able to resist those forces and really stay focused on veterans' issues. we are looking out of the senate right now, for them to pass our appeals modernization act. you talked about policy and law that hasn't been updated in a while. our appeals laws haven't been updated since the 1930's, and it now takes on average six years to get a decision if you were to file an appeal on a disability claim, it would take years to get a decision.
without a change to the law, we aren't going to get that fixed. we are looking for a solution from congress to help us find solutions for our choice funding problems. the good news is we are getting more veterans than ever, getting care that they need in the community and the v.a., but that has actually accelerated our spend rate in the choice program. we are looking for some help there. we are looking for legislation that will make the choice program work even better for veterans in the future, like we a were talking about. we're also looking for support to modernize the v.a. i think most americans would be surprised to know our financial systems are running on cobalt
technology. i the last time people used cobalt as a programming language was in the 1970's. or our scheduling systems are ms-dos. i those blue screens i was using 30 years ago when i got my first pc. our buildings on average, are over 60 years old. we have 450 buildings from the civil and revolutionary wars. so what we really need to do is modernize our system. our veterans deserve better than we have been giving them. that is why i announced recently that the v.a. will be leaving its homegrown electronic medical record over 35 years old to the department of defense's electronic medical record so for the first time, we will have a modern, off-the-shelf system from the time you enlist through long term or end-of-life care. [applause]
and we need congress to step up and support those types of initiatives. these aren't cheap, but in the long run, this is -- when you send somebody off to war or to conflict, you have already committed to a lifetime of responsibility, and this is part of our country's responsibility and not making these investments is not responsible. bryan: last question before we are out of time. is there a capital improvement plan in the works at the v.a.? in other words, what does this cost and how do we as a country pay for it? sec. shulkin: the v.a. has, for years, not gotten the types of resources that it has needed. we have a $50 billion capital deficit. that simply can't be addressed overnight, so what i have announced is that we have 1,100
vacant and underutilized buildings. i have said in the next two years, i have a plan to essentially get rid of vacant, underutilized facilities. i want the ability to take those resources, invest them back in the v.a. that's going to mean we're going to need a different type of footprint. i'll just give you one example as we close here. we have announced that we are going to build a new hospital in omaha, nebraska. it took us about five years to get that plan going and we wanted to build a new hospital for $560 million in omaha, nebraska. a new bed tower -- and health care is changing. you don't need as many hospital beds anymore. most care is ambulatory. we took 10% of our money for design fees, $56 million to plan the new hospital, and instead of
planning a new hospital bed, we took the $56 million, we worked with the community in omaha, nebraska, a private-public partnership, and the community donated another $40 million. now we are building a state-of-the-art ambulatory facility for $96 million. using 10% taxpayers -- taxpayer dollars. we are going to have a state-of-the-art facility in omaha that will serve the needs of veterans without building a big bed tower. and i think we need to think about what the footprint of the v.a. will look like in the future so we can get state-of-the-art facilities without having to spend the type of money we have always thought we needed in the past. so i think together, and working more with the private sector, we are going to be able to reshape the system so that everybody's proud and veterans are getting the best care. [applause]
bryan: again, special thanks to you for joining us, mr. secretary. we all wish you good luck in getting congress to close facilities around the country. secretary shulkin: thank you. [applause] announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome mrs. laura bush. [applause] mrs. bush: thank you everyone. thank you very much. thank you, everybody. thanks to eric eversole, thank you all for hosting this at the u.s. chamber of commerce today. i would like to recognize meg cabot at the department of
veterans affairs. thank you for joining us today, and thank you for your commitment to serving our military spouses and families. [applause] a special thanks to walmart and the boeing company. thank you for your generous support of the veteran community, and thank you for sponsoring the bush institute's stand to. and to all the veterans and active military here today, thank you for your selfless service to our country. [applause] mrs. bush: as many of the servicemen and women gathered here today know, you aren't the only members of your family who served. your spouses served, as well. while our servicemen and women are deployed, their spouses are the ones taking care of everything at home.
they care for the children, they manage the family finances, and they pray that their husbands or wives in uniform return home safely. master sergeant rockie rodriguez and his wife, marlene, joined us at our ranch in 2013 and 2014 for the bush center's annual warrior bike ride. when marlene talked about rockie's years of service in the air force, she said, we, i say we, served 25 years. i lived every deployment with rocky. every trial and tribulation, so the day i said yes to him, i didn't realize the impact his service would have on me. in fact, rocky so credits marlene with his recovery that george painted marlene in his portraits with rocky. [applause]
mrs. bush: that is why it is so important to make sure that while our service men and women get the support they need when they come home, that we care for their spouses and families, too. today we're discussing ways for veterans to transition to an civilian life in the areas of wellness, education, and employment. while there are over 4 million post-9/11 veterans, there are 8.10 million family members and we must consider how we support their transition, as well. all caregivers hope for their families to be in good physical and mental health, but as veterans transition to civilian life, they often deal with the stresses of uncertainty and finding new meaning in their lives. visible wounds, posttraumatic stress make more susceptible veterans to sickness, homelessness and even suicide. when one family member is
suffering, the entire family suffers, leading to an increase in the risk of behavioral issues, anxiety and depression in military children too. just as veterans need good health care when they return home, caregivers need access to quality care for themselves and caregivers need access to quality care this is why 21% of military spouses who want or need to work are unemployed. 15% of military caregivers spend 40 hours a week caring for a veteran and often spend more
childrenng for their when the childcare is not available. in order to ensure caregivers have the opportunity they need and contribute to their household, we need to ensure that caregivers and family members are eligible to the same transition services. mrs. bush: stephen schlott is here representing the unlistenable foundation, whose mission is to create an environment where military caregivers are empowered, and recognized for their service to our nation. through the hidden heroes caregiving community, caregivers can access a digital forum and
find emotional support for themselves and their families and where they can learn from other caregivers, and where they can discover resources and programs that are available in their own communities. elizabeth foundation is it tremendous example of this support group directed at improving the well-being of our service members, and the bush institute applauds their work. veterans and caregivers all want their children to be properly educated, but the average military family will move six to nine times during their child's school career. an average of three times more frequently than nonmilitary families. states and local school districts need to make sure that military children have equal opportunities for academic success. this means having teachers and school administrators who understand the challenges of relocating to a new school. the differences in achievement standards, in course offerings, high school graduation requirements, extracurricular
activities, and how difficult it is for students to create a new life in a new school. while there are plenty of organizations committed to supporting military children, few exist to assist with school transition and academic support. it is our responsibility to make sure the students are not disadvantaged because they have a military parent. we need to place our military children on the path to success, preparing them for a bright future in college and beyond. just like their spouses, studies show that caregivers primary concern when jack -- transitioning to silk billion life is employment, their own employment. military spouses often spend their marriage moving their family around the country and the world. on average, military families moved to a community every two to three years, making it hard to keep a job.
this displacement causes periods of unemployment and a week professional network. most military families need two incomes and too many are forced to live paycheck to paycheck. 80% of military spouses say their job search has caused stress within their marriage. some companies already recognize that hiring military spouses isn't only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. la quinta inn is one of those companies. the military spouse employment partnership is helping spouses find jobs and they are providing trainings to help them enter a new career field. and just this week, starbucks committed to hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018 and 25,000 hires by 2025. the elizabeth dole foundation, la quinta inn and starbucks are just a few organizations that
have identified themselves as leaders in helping our veteran caregivers and families transition to civilian life. and i am grateful for their example. i want to thank the other 70 plus organizations recognize here today. government agencies, business, nonprofit, academia and philanthropy. thanks to you for your commitment to our veterans and their families. as you work to improve veteran's transition, i ask that you also consider how you support the hidden heroes, the spouses, the father sent mothers, the children of -- and loved ones who also serve our country. military families are american
families. they have the same priorities to create a nurturing home, to take care of their loved ones, to find a strong education for their children and to be financially secure. and they do so with more difficulties and obstacles. i am reminded of the old line ginger rogers did. she did everything that the great fred astaire did, except she did it backwards and in high heels. [laughter] mrs. bush: our military is the strength of our nation and our service members are the strength of our military and our caregivers are the strength of our veterans and wounded warriors. their devotion to our men and women in uniform and their commitment to their marriage, their family, and to our country
, is an inspiration to us all. thank you all and god bless you. [applause] >> president trump is leaving washington for a series of meetings for what is being called the sea summit. president will give remarks and meet with leaders of poland and croatia. firstexpected to have his face-to-face meeting with vladimir putin. others attending the summit merkel, thecellor chinese president and the japanese prime minister. recess in prime time on c-span.
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going, in terms of electronic records. >> we have the art of the here in theords united states. >> we had a lot of experience thewe are now collecting president trump tweets. >> when they are deleted, is that part of the national record? >> we collect even the deleted once. >> how do you handle the digital side of this process? >> the size has not grown dramatically, but the competency has started with new staff members. >> do you think your job is tougher? >> this is a tough time to be an
archivist. >> how are you going to deal with that? we are providing some of this to the white house to use there is aand challenge shifting with the record-keeping process. >> there is an attempt to engage the public in the work you are doing and they have a lot of expertise to help us do our work. pete --e 13 billion pieces of paper that are in cursive and that is not taught in schools very much. the american public is helping us transcribe so that kids can actually read the records of the
country. what is another example of project you have in the works? not all of the photographs are described, but there are a number of photographs of people and things like that. >> thank you so much. >> up next, remarks from elaine chao and former first daughter's. end spoke about ways to poverty's and improve lives for people -- females. as is about one hour and 40 minutes.