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Veteran Leadership

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 a first-of-its-kind veteran leadership program aimed at individuals serving our nations’ 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.

This program will:

  • Implement a leadership development experience for those serving our nation’s 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.

This program will target veteran and non-veteran rising leaders working to improve veteran outcomes. Applications will open mid-September 2017 and classes will commence in the Spring of 2018. 

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Program Participants

This program will target rising leaders working to improve veteran outcomes, whether they are veterans or non-veterans themselves. This could include such positions as a leader of a veteran- serving non-profit, a leader of a veteran-specific initiative within a corporation or organization, or a board member on a veteran serving non-profit.

Participants will be selected through an application process that includes a written submission and interview. Applications will open mid-September 2017 and classes will commence in the Spring of 2018.  More details on the program will be forthcoming when applications open this fall.


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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13.7% of veterans start their own business, compared to 9.8% of civilians.

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