Bush salutes America’s military: ‘The 1 percent who kept the 99 percent safe’

In a speech Wednesday before the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative summit, former President George W. Bush demonstrated once again why he continues to be respected and revered by America’s military, both active and retired — because he respects and reveres them right back.

He opened his “Empowering Our Nation’s Warriors” address with a little humor.

“A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being President. And the answer is really, no” he said. “I mean, I miss people I served with. I miss Air Force One. I mean, in eight years, they never lost my baggage.”

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But then he got down to business — the reason for the summit.

I do miss saluting men and women who volunteered to defend our nation during war. Many are coming home and are preparing for new missions as civilians. And I intend to salute these men and women for the rest of my life. And through the Military Service Initiative, the Bush Institute is going to help. We’re focused, and we’ll be relentless in serving our vets.

Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million Americans have worn the uniform. They have faced down our enemies, they’ve liberated millions, and in so doing showed the true compassion of a great Nation. They are the 1 percent of America who kept the 99 percent safe. And we owe them, and their families, a deep debt of gratitude.

The initiative’s purpose is to help troops transition into civilian life. Bush closed his remarks with this firm belief.

“There is no doubt in my mind this generation of veterans is just as great as any group of veterans before,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind they will be the leaders in the years to come for our nation. And there’s no doubt in my mind that as a result of their leadership, America will continue to be the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Thank you for coming.”

H/T Independent Journal Review.

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