General Michael V. Hayden Recovering at Home


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The Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security is pleased to report that  General Michael V. Hayden (USAF-Retired) has returned home after weeks of intensive inpatient rehabilitation following the stroke he suffered in late November.  The former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency has begun the next phase of his recovery, which will include more time at in-home and outpatient rehabilitative care.

General Hayden, his wife Jeanine, and their family extend their gratitude to John Rockwood, the President of the MedStar National Rehabilitative Network, and the doctors, therapists, nurses, staff, and volunteers at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC, for their wonderful support as General Hayden began the rehabilitation process.  They would also like to thank the medical professionals in the emergency room and neurological ICU at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA, for their care and attention during the critical period following the stroke as well as the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for its quick response and emergency care provided on the day of the stroke.

They were also highly appreciative of the help, gifts, letters, cards, notes, emails, Twitter tweets, Facebook posts, and well wishes from family, friends, and colleagues across the United States and around the world.  “I won’t be able to thank each of them personally, but they should know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without their encouragement,” said General Hayden.

Additional well wishes, messages of encouragement, and any inquiries can be directed to Larry Pfeiffer, Director of the Hayden Center at, to (703) 993-8164, or mailed to Hayden Center, Schar School of Policy and Government, 3351 Fairfax Drive MS 3B1, Arlington, VA 22201.

General Hayden is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government  and founder of the Hayden Center, based there.  The General is also a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory services firm; a national security analyst at CNN; an author of two New York Times best sellers; and a notable public speaker on national security issues.