April 12, 2011

CNAS Expands Military Wellness Program in Support of Joining Forces Initiative

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that it will expand its Military Wellness program in support of the White House's Joining Forces initiative. Joining Forces, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give U.S. service members, veterans and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. 

CNAS has been conducting research on the issue of military wellness as a national security imperative since 2008 and is the only national security think tank in Washington, D.C. led by veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick said, "The deployment-related needs of veterans, military service members and their families have significant national security implications. We plan to harness the expertise of our team, our independent and nonpartisan platform and our convening power to support this initiative."

Through a broad range of ongoing projects and programs in support of the Joining Forces initiative, CNAS hopes to make a lasting contribution to the way America cares for its veterans, military service members and their families. As the CNAS policy brief, America's Duty: The Imperative of a New Approach to Warrior and Veteran Care, declared, "warriors come home to communities, not to federal agencies." General Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.) and Mrs. Patricia Shinseki will serve as advisors to the Joining Forces initiative. 

CNAS is grateful for the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and looks forward to collaborating with additional corporate and philanthropic partners interested in this important endeavor.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.