The 2016 Invictus Games Symposium
Presented by the George W. Bush Institute
SSRS was honored to attend this year’s Invictus Games Symposium on “Invisible Wounds” and the Opening Ceremony, in Orlando, Florida. The George W. Bush Institute (GWBI) conducted an international symposium at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 on May 8, which focused on “understanding the multiple facets of invisible wounds and how warriors, caregivers, general public, providers and influences each play an important role in helping servicemen and women succeed.” President Bush also serves as honorary chair for Invictus Games 2016.
SSRS VP Robyn Rapoport, leads SSRS’s research collaboration with the George W. Bush Institute, an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization. She attended the Symposium and the Opening Ceremony, and took along the SSRS Mascot, Chaos.
At the Symposium, Colonel Miguel Howe, Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, cited research conducted by SSRS on behalf of GWBI: “To learn more about the attitudes and perceptions towards transitioning warriors, the Bush Institute recently completed a survey of the general public in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. We came away with lots of helpful information, and three headlines. Here’s the first headline: The civilian military divide remains: Seven out of ten respondents in those three countries say they do not understand the problems faced by our military. And you know what? In the United States, our warriors agree. We are also completing a survey of our post-9/11 warriors. And so far nearly, eight out of ten say the general public still does not understand the issues that they face.”
SSRS is proud to partner with the George W. Bush Institute on this exciting work.