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The Bush Institute Announces a Veteran Leadership Program
There are more than 2 million non-profit organizations in the U.S., approximately 45,000 self-identify as serving U.S. military service personnel and families. At the Bush Instute-led Stand To, a convening of more than 70 veteran organizations, President Bush announced a Veteran Leadership program that will target rising leaders working to improve veteran outcomes, whether they are veterans or non-veterans themselves.
"I am confident this program will make a lasting impact not only for our vets, but those helping our vets," said President Bush.
The Veteran Leadership program will help those serving our Nation's veterans do so more effectively and with more impact through creative forums for strategic conversations that try to improve and strengthen the lives of veterans and their families. The participants will have access to all Bush Institute resources and will be a platform for leaders in the veteran serving space to enhance their leadership skills, learn from peers, and create a network and community that can do more together than individually. Through projects and action plans, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen and magnify their programs and contributions.
Participants 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.
Changing the Dialogue of PTS
PTS is often talked about behind closed doors, as many who are diagnosed are ashamed. We need to change the conversation and empower more veterans to seek care sooner.
Our Public Debates Need More Veteran Voices
Blayne Smith, inaugural winner of the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Citation, explains how veterans can help the nation resolve large public problems.
Chief David Brown's Two-Minute Take on Leadership
Former Chief of the Dallas Police Department David Brown led during the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers, making tough decisions to save lives and helping the city heal in the aftermath. He talked with Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program scholars about his experience and the principles that drive him, and he offered his take on leadership after his remarks to the class. How do you define leaders, and what principles do you think are important to be a good leader? I think leadership is the culmination and development of people to achieve high goals. I have this saying, ‘If you’re leading and no one is following you, you’re just taking a walk’. So you have to inspire people to follow you. That’s one of the characteristics that I believe is necessary to be a good leader. In addition to that, I think you have to sincerely care for people and issues...I think it’s almost impossible if you don’t care about these issues and care about
Two-Minute Take: General McChrystal on Veteran Leadership
General Stanley McChrystal is the former commander of the U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan, and the former commander of the nation’s military counter-terrorism force Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. He retired from the Army in August 2010 and later founded McChrystal Group to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses. He was a keynote speaker during week one of the Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, where he talked to scholars about the myths and realities of leadership. He also offered his thoughts on why the Stand-To program is crucial right now. Why is veteran leadership important to the country? I think veteran leadership is important because first, they are a part of society that’s had a somewhat unique experience. They’ve gone out and served the nation,