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Building an Organization Outside Government

Eric Greitens Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, and Founder The Mission Continues
Howard Husock Vice President, Policy; Director, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - , , New York, N.Y.

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Lecture

Building an Organization Outside Government

Eric Greitens Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, and Founder The Mission Continues
Howard Husock Vice President, Policy; Director, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative New York, N.Y. 03:36pm
Thursday February 26
Thursday February 26 2015
PAST EVENT Thursday February 26 2015

Today, the U.S. Veterans Administration spends more than $163 billion annually on American veterans' financial, medical, and psychological needs. Nonetheless, argues Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, there are important issues veterans face—and public misconceptions about veterans—which the VA, and government generally, fail to address.

A decorated officer, Greitens was deployed to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. He is the author of three books: The Heart and the Fist (NYT bestseller); The Warrior's Heart (youth adaptation of The Heart and the Fist); and Strength and Compassion (New York Book Festival's Grand Prize winner). Greitens' fourth book, the soon-to-be released Resilience, is a collection of his letters to a former SEAL in the throes of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Greitens discussed how and why he founded and built, with his own combat pay, The Mission Continues—an organization now active in 28 cities, including New York, dedicated to helping America view its veterans not as problems but as a vital resource for civic life. 

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Annually, since 2007, the Manhattan Institute has sponsored the William E. Simon forum on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. This lecture series seeks to provide a framework—historical and current, scholarly and personal—for understanding the tradition and trends in American charity and charitable enterprises. Our first three lectures have ranged widely across these fields, including the 2007 talk by a distinguished historian, the 2008 talk by a renowned public policy essayist, and the December, 2009 lecture by the founder of the nation's most prominent management consulting firm for non-profits.

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