There’s little debate that war is one of the most horrific things imaginable and returning soldiers bring with them wounds and scars, not necessarily physical. PTSD is the scar that can’t be hidden or healed and often becomes a lifetime mental illness born from enduring all the unimaginable horrors of war so others don’t have to. To make matters worse, military benefits and compensation are often denied or restricted due to a convoluted government system. Veteran support groups can only do so much with severely limited money, space and other resources. Highland Capital Management aims to alleviate some of that burden. Read this article at Dallas News.
Early this year, Highland Capital has committed $10 million to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, followed by an additional $10 million commitment from Boeing Corp. to the George W. Bush Institute to implement a program called Engage, as well as a concentrated effort to support the Institute’s Military Service Initiative and bring aid to post-9/11 veterans. Highland co-founder Jim Dondero elaborates on the program’s initiative. “Events like the Engage series foster important dialogue regarding pressing policy issues. Highland Capital Management is proud to support this work and be part of the center’s long-term vision.” Learn more about Highland Capital at Affiliate Dork.
Engage’s first event, slated for Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m., will consist of a conversation with the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and author of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived , Christopher Scalia, followed by a discussion between a panel of experts on today’s media landscape regarding contitutional rights and treatment if veterans as well as posing the question of what James Madison, author of the First Amendment, would have felt if he saw the world today. Among these participants are Jeffrey Rosen, an expert on Madison and president and CEO of the National Constitution Center , media researcher and co-author of the Pew Research Center’s annual “State of the News Media” report, Amy Mitchell, and Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson.
Additionally, Boeing’s $10 million contribution is one part of a $30 million 3-year-investment specifically intended to veteran recovery, rehabilitation and transition services. In addition to this, Boeing awarded $50 million last year for 2018 programs targeting science, technology, engineering and math education and workforce development, veterans’ recovery and transition, and civic and environmental needs.
Other charities such as Npower and American Airlines Sky Ball have also enjoyed support from Beoing’s investments. Only through collaboration can this issue ever be truly resolved, working together to give something back to those who gave everything for them.