The Hoover Institution Veteran Fellowship Program is hosting a series of discussions across the U.S. that investigates the connections between post-9/11 veterans and their communities.

Veteran generations often shape the societies to which they return. U.S. World War II veterans led the country to a period of economic prosperity and one of the largest sociological shifts in American history. The experience of the Vietnam veterans led to the all-volunteer force. Now, over twenty years after 9/11, a new generation of veterans has come of age. This generation is making decisions about the future of the force, the role of service members in society, and ultimately leading their communities and government. It is time to better understand the post-9/11 generation of veterans and discuss their relationship with and contributions to society. 

Under direction from the sixty-sixth secretary of state and Hoover Institution director Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and led by Hoover Fellow, post-9/11 veteran, and US Air Force reservist Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider, the Town Hall Series on Post-9/11 Veterans: Their Legacy and Contribution to Our Society aims to generate public discussion around how post-9/11 veterans are engaged and committed to their communities. The outcome will: 

  • Highlight post-9/11 veterans’ commitment to service, their country, and local communities 
  • Engage in forward-looking talks that investigate where and how these former service members will apply their expertise to develop and lead the future 
  • Discuss how these veterans will leave their mark on their communities and the military 

This series aligns with the 50th anniversary of the all-volunteer force. How the post-9/11 generation of veterans reconciles its identity with the communities they are now shaping is intimately tied with the future of the all-volunteer force. 

Upcoming Town Halls
Date Location Theme

October 10, 2023 

San Antonio, TX

Who is the Post 9-11 Veteran: Defining a Generation

November 10, 2023 

Philadelphia Area, PA

What Roles Can Veterans Play in their Community

December 12, 2023

Bay Area, CA

How Veterans Continue Public Service in the Civilian Sector

January 13, 2024

Green Bay Area, WI

How Will the US Recruit and Retain Today for Tomorrow

February 2024

Denver Area, CO

How Can Post 9/11 Veterans Build Social Bonds in Their Communities

March 7, 2024

Chelmsford, MA

How Veterans’ Service Abroad Creates Responsibility at Home

March 19, 2024

Washington, DC

What is the Future of the All-Volunteer Force


Newark, NJ

How Veteran Leadership Can Contribute to the Economy

Who is the Post-9/11 Veteran: Defining a Generation

Who is the Post-9/11 Veteran: Defining a Generation

A Post-9/11 Veteran Town Hall Discussion between Hoover Fellow Jacquelyn Schneider, Maj. Gen. Angie Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) Veteran Fellowship Program Fellows Donnie Hasseltine, Trill Paullin, and Adrian Perkins

Veterans are both a reflection of and a contributor to our society. How post-9/11 veterans think about this relationship plays a large role in how this generation will leave their mark on American communities and military. Who, then, is the post 9-11 veteran?  What relationship do they have with the American society  to which they returned? What shared identity defines this generation of veterans? And how will their experiences shape their communities, our societies, our governance, and the force of the future? And what will be their legacy?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - Patriot’s CASA, Texas A&M San Antonio

Meals on Wheels

What Roles Can Veterans Play in their Community

A Post-9/11 Veteran Town Hall Discussion between Hoover Fellow Jacquelyn Schneider, Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan,  LTG (ret) H.R. McMaster, and Veteran Fellowship Program Fellows Megan Andros and Dave Foster

When veterans return home, they are not only supported by society, but also contributors to that society.  Significant focus has been placed on the challenge of reintegrating post 9-11 veterans within a community that feels increasingly separated from the military. What is the role of the post 9-11 veteran in their local communities?  How can the post 9-11 experience help solve local problems, like homelessness, disabilities, and community project financing?  Can we move beyond “reintegration” to decrease the divide between an all-volunteer force and the society from which their members come?

Friday, November 10, 2023 – Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Wayne PA

Jacquelyn Schneider

Jacquelyn Schneider

Hoover Fellow

Jacquelyn Schneider is a Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Director of the Hoover Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative, and an affiliate with Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, autonomous technologies, wargames, and Northeast Asia. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Naval War College as well as a senior policy advisor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.


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