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ABC’s Bob Woodruff Speaks at Disney’s Veterans Institute This Fall

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Readers of the Disney Parks Blog will remember last year we announced our company-wide Heroes Work Here initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. Last month we announced the next effort in this successful initiative – the first ever “Veterans Institute” workshop at Walt Disney World Resort designed for companies of all sizes to learn how to support and recruit military veterans.

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Today we’re pleased to announce ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort next month and deliver a keynote address at the workshop.

On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Bob was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In February 2007, just 13 months after being wounded, he returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.”

Bob and his wife, Lee, co-wrote a bestselling memoir, In An Instant, chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty. The Woodruff family established the Bob Woodruff foundation 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. 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,” Bob told us.

To learn more and reserve space at the “Veterans Institute,” visit our DisneyVeteransInstitute.com page.


  • He and his wife are such an inspiration that when I teach 7th graders about traumatic brain injury, I devote part of that time sharing the story about him.

    And kudos to Disney for honoring and celebrating our veterans!

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