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Stand-To Veteran Leadership Initiative

The Bush Institute is committed to improving transition and outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families. In pursuit of this goal we have developed Stand-To, a first-of-its-kind veteran leadership initiative aimed at individuals serving our nation's veterans who are motivated to broaden their skillsets and influence across the country. The program will draw from and build upon the Bush Institute’s existing leadership and military service programming. By developing the leadership skills of individuals who are serving our nation’s veterans and helping them scale their impact through leadership projects and the network that is created, the program will ultimately widely affect our nation’s veterans and the services and opportunities available to them.

Program Information / Goals

  • Implement a leadership development experience for those serving our nation’s post-9/11 veterans that fully utilizes the assets and resources of the Bush Institute and is distinctive, sought-after, impactful, and inspired;
  • Deliver a connected, inspiring, and educational experience that is distinctive from other leadership development experiences;
  • Build an alumni community and a “community of practice” around the military veteran support sector that sustains past the time of the actual program itself and will engage past participants as peer mentors; and
  • Create a forum for strategic conversations amongst thought leaders trying to improve and strengthen the lives of military veterans and their families, and amplify the reach of the program and each individual’s contribution through project and action plans.

Stand-To will target veteran and non-veteran rising leaders working to improve veteran outcomes.

Applications are now open. Rising leaders (both veterans and non-veterans) from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve post-9/11 veteran outcomes are invited to apply. 

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Stand-To will target rising leaders (both veterans and non-veterans) from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve post-9/11 veteran outcomes. Candidates are likely to hold a variety of roles including leader or board member of a veteran- serving non-profit, a funder focused in the veteran space, a business or community leader, as well as leaders in government and active military service.


Out of the more than 2M non-profit organizations in the United States, approximately 45,000 self-identify as serving U.S. military service personnel and their families.

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