"Why Continuing Service to Your Country Matters"- Dartmouth Alum and former U.S. Army officer Michael Breen '02 will discuss the importance of Veterans Day and continuing service.
Michael Breen, former U.S. Army officer, will be speaking about Veterans Day as a day to give thanks, and for those who have served, as also a day to remember. Few in our nation today have seen the face of war – in many ways, this is the greatest of blessings, yet it means that relatively few veterans form our society's only living memory of the costs and realities of war. He will talk about how, on this day, veterans remember the wen and women they have served alongside, both those who did not return and who continue to serve now, as well as their countless selfless acts of courage. He will also reflect on what drives men and women to volunteer for such a life.
Michael Breen is the Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy. Breen is frequently called on to testify before Congress, regularly briefs government officials and elected leaders on security issues, and makes frequent media appearances. A former U.S. Army officer, Breen served with the infantry in Iraq and led paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. After leaving the military, Breen clerked for the Office of White House Counsel. He co-founded the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, an organization that provides safe passage and new beginnings for Iraqi refugees. Mike has worked with refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan—establishing the first clinical legal education program in Jordan. He serves on the Boards of IRAP and Yellow Ribbons United. Breen holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and a JD from Yale Law School. Mike is a proud New Hampshire native and a member of the NH Bar Association. He lives in Washington with his wife, Susannah Stevens.
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