ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff – who was injured in Iraq in 2006 – will give a keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop next month.
The Veterans Institute workshop is a free event offered by Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort to inspire companies to employ servicemen and women who are transitioning to the private sector.
Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb on January 29, 2006 while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, but returned to ABC News just 13 months later with his on-air report “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports” where he chronicled his injury, recovery, and the plights of thousands of service members who are returning from war with similar injuries.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation was established by Woodruff and his family to raise money to assist injured service members, veterans, and their families.
“Returning veterans need tools and opportunities in order to move onto the next chapter in their lives,” Woodruff said. “I’m pleased to participate in an event that enables companies to reach out to these heroes so that they can thrive after they return home.”
The Veterans Institute is a day-long workshop which is being co-sponsored by Heroes Work Here and Disney Institute. The event will feature experts who are part of Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative, government officials, veterans, and non-profit veterans service organizations.
Highlights of the workshop will include a look at Heroes Work Here, keynote speakers, panelists, Disney on-air talent and personalities, customized Disney Institute courses, advice and insight from the experts and veteran support organizations, and stories from veterans about their own transition to the civilian workforce.
The Veterans Institute is scheduled for November 14. More information is available here.