Parsons Foundation gives $1M to George W. Bush Foundation

Renee and Bob Parsons (Submitted photo)

Renee and Bob Parsons (Submitted photo)

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded $1 million to the George W. Bush Foundation for its military initiatives and ongoing dedication to improving overall veteran wellness.

The Military Service Initiative of the George W. Bush Institute honors the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and their families, ensuring they make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war, according to a press release.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by well-known American entrepreneur Bob Parsons and business executive Renee Parsons to serve low-income and underserved populations, marginalized communities and causes often overlooked or underfunded. For Bob Parsons, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, support of the military community is a critical aspect of The Foundation’s mission, the release states.

“The men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our country deserve our unwavering support,” said Mr. Parsons in a prepared statement. “Our partnership with the Bush Institute will go a long way in helping those struggling with serious issues, many of which are too often overlooked.”

The wellness component of MSI focuses on addressing the “invisible wounds of war,” which speak to mental health injuries such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. The Bush Institute has developed a library of resources to combat negative stereotypes and raise awareness of the symptoms, seriousness, and treatment of these issues.

“Laura and I have dedicated the rest of our lives to supporting our veterans and their families,” said President George W. Bush in the press release.

“At the Bush Institute, we are focused on addressing the invisible wounds of war, removing the stigma that surround them, and ensuring veterans and caregivers seek and receive comprehensive care. I’m grateful to The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation for helping to make this important work possible.”

According to the Bush Institute, the MSI was inspired by the courage of the military, who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States in support of enduring freedom. The Initiative also highlights organizations that support U.S. service personnel and their families during deployment and after they return home.

“Ongoing support for our nation’s veterans is not only one of the core areas of focus for The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, but a cause close to our hearts,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons in a prepared statement.

“We are proud to support an organization that is helping deserving men and women get critical care that goes beyond treating their physical injuries.”

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