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.

By honing participants' leadership skills, enhancing their network, and advancing individual projects, the program will widely affect our nation's veterans and the services and opportunities available to them.

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 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
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kacie Kelly
Kacie Kelly Program Director, Health and Wellbeing George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Emily Casarona
Emily Casarona Associate, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kat Cole
Kat Cole Manager, Health and Wellbeing George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative Full Bio
Enisha Williams
Enisha Williams Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Terri Tanielian
Terri Tanielian Fellow, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
General Peter Pace, USMC
General Peter Pace, USMC 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chair of the Military Service Initiative Advisory Council Full Bio
General Peter Chiarelli, US Army
General Peter Chiarelli, US Army Former Chief Executive Officer One Mind Full Bio
Joseph DePinto
Joseph DePinto President and Chief Executive Officer 7-11 Full Bio
Erica Jeffries
Erica Jeffries Chief of Staff, Worldwide Global Services Johnson & Johnson Full Bio
Rita Kirk
Rita Kirk Director Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility Full Bio
David G. Leitch
David G. Leitch Global General Counsel Bank of America Full Bio
Tom Luce
Tom Luce Founding President, Meadows Mental Health Foundation; former Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education Full Bio
Carlos  Martinez
Carlos Martinez Chief Executive Officer American GI Forum Full Bio
James  Nicholson
James Nicholson Secretary Department of Veterans Affairs Full Bio
Soledad O’Brien
Soledad O’Brien CEO Starfish Media Group Full Bio
 Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez United States Army (Medically Retired) Full Bio
Timothy Shubzda
Timothy Shubzda Director of Philanthropy and Military Affairs Veteran US Navy Full Bio
Kelvin Womack
Kelvin Womack Managing Principal for Diversity Deloitte ConCsulting LLP Full Bio