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For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice

Nov 10, 2014
6:15pm to 8:00pm ET

The Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, DC

For Love of Country is a celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.


CNAS hosted the book launch of For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice by Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor at The Washington Post, on Monday, November 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hon. Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, GEN Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and Wes Moore, Host of Beyond Belief and Author of The Other Wes Moore joined the conversation. Introductory remarks were given by Hon. Michèle Flournoy, CEO of CNAS, and the conversation was moderated by Phillip Carter, senior fellow, counsel and director of CNAS' Military, Veterans, and Society program. 

Event Speakers:

Howard Schultz
chairman, president, and ceo, Starbucks
Co-Author, For Love of Country

Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Co-Author, For Love of Country

Hon. Robert Gates
Former Secretary of Defense, 2006-2011
Author, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

GEN Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 2008-2012
Former Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, 2007-2008

Hon. Michèle Flournoy
CEO, Center for a New American Security
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 2009-2012

Wes Moore
Host, Beyond Belief 
Author, The Other Wes Moore

About the Book: 

More than 2.6 million men and women have deployed over the past 13 years to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other theaters of war. The majority of these veterans have now left the military, coming home to communities across the nation. With today’s all-volunteer military force, the nation does not share in their experiences; our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us.

In For Love of Country, the authors tell the stories of uncommon valor overseas, and continued service at home.  This book tells of former soldiers who aid residents in rebuilding after natural disasters; a former infantry officer who trades in a Pentagon job to teach in an inner-city neighborhood; and a retired general leading efforts to improve treatments for brain-injured troops. For Love of Country is a powerful book meant to honor the service of this generation, and inspire all of us with their stories.

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice will be on sale before and after the event. Mr. Schultz and Mr. Chandrasekaran will be available to sign copies after the discussion from 7:10 to 8:00 p.m.

Event sponsored by BP America

Date & Time
Monday, November 10, 2014
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

5:30-6:15 p.m.: Guest registration, book sales, and light reception
6:15-6:25 p.m.: Introduction and remarks from Hon. Michèle Flournoy
6:25-6:55 p.m.: Moderated conversation with Howard Schultz, Rajiv Chandrasekaran,
Hon. Robert Gates, and GEN Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.)
6:55-7:10 p.m.: Audience Q&A
7:10-8:00 p.m.: Book signing

The Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

About the Speakers:

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks, where he has been recognized for his leadership, business ethics, and efforts to strengthen communities. He and his wife, Sheri, have pledged extensive support to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life through the Schultz Family Foundation’s Onward Veterans initiative. Mr. Schultz is the best-selling author of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul and Pour Your Heart Into It.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. He has been the newspaper’s bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and he has been covering Afghanistan off and on for a decade. Mr. Chandrasekaran is the author of Little America and Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by The New York Times.

Hon. Robert Gates
Dr. Robert M. Gates served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from December 2006 to July 2011. Dr. Gates was the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama was the eighth president Dr. Gates served. Dr. Gates is the author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, a number one New York Times bestseller.

GEN Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.)
General Peter W. Chiarelli became the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on August 4th, 2008. In his previous assignment, he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2007 to August 2008. General Chiarelli was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in September 1972. Throughout his career he has served in Army units in the United States, Germany and Belgium. He has commanded at every level from platoon to corps. 

Hon. Michèle Flournoy
Michèle Flournoy is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. From February 2009 to February 2012, Ms. Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where she was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy.

Wes Moore
Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.