Domestic Excellence

Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

Developing the skills of those who serve our nation's veterans and helping increase their impact.

45K+

Non-profit organizations self-identifying as serving veterans and their families

<$100K

80% of veteran-serving non-profit organizations generate less than $100K of revenue annually

“By supporting and enabling our nation’s warriors in their new missions as civilians, we unleash the potential of a generation of resourceful, determined, and experienced leaders – for the good of our vets, and our country.” —President George W. Bush

The Bush Institute is committed to improving transition and outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families.

Learnings from our collective impact work and our 2017 national convening lead to the creation of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program -- a program aimed at individuals from diverse sectors across the country who are motivated to increase their impact in helping our nation's veterans.

Government programs and initiatives, more than 45,000 philanthropic organizations, corporations, and millions of individuals are committed to improving veterans' quality of life. By honing participants' leadership skills, enhancing their network, and advancing individual projects, the program will empower those who are responsible for implementing the programs and policies.

Meet the first class of Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program scholars

Founding Program Underwriter

Military Service Initiative

Ensuring post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life

Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kacie Kelly
Kacie Kelly Deputy Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kat Cole
Kat Cole Senior Program Manager, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Emily Casarona
Emily Casarona Program Manager, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Enisha Williams
Enisha Williams Senior Program Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Colonel Miguel Howe, USA (Ret.)
Colonel Miguel Howe, USA (Ret.) April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Terri Tanielian
Terri Tanielian Fellow, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio