2014-02-23T192209Z_1_CBREA1M1HSZ00_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA-TEXAS

George W. Bush launches program to help veterans transition from war

Former U.S. President George W. Bush delivers remarks with some hand-written notes during the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in DallasBy Margaret Chadbourn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Sunday promoted a new initiative to help veterans transition back to civilian life and aid in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The onetime commander-in-chief, who led the United States into war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, said he wants to highlight the challenges facing service members returning from war zones, as well as their families. “I have a duty,” Bush said in an interview that aired on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Obviously I get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I have an emotional…,” Bush said, trailing off. About 2.5 million U.S. service members have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Department of Defense.

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