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

– President George W. Bush

Launched in the U.S. in 2018

76 participants to date

Aim: To develop the skills of those who serve our nation's veterans and help increase their impact

Scholars include active duty service members, veterans, and civilians from diverse backgrounds and sectors

While every veteran transition is unique, there are three keys to a successful transition from military to civilian life: health and well-being, access to education and training, and finding meaningful employment. More than 45,000 nonprofit organizations, government programs and initiatives, corporations, and millions of individuals are committed to addressing these issues. However, these groups often work in isolution, causing confusion and disjointed gaps in service for transitioning veterans and their families.

The Stand-to Veteran Leadership Program is a first-of-its-kind program aimed at individuals from diverse sectors across the country who are motivated to increase their impact in helping our nation's veterans.

About Our Scholars

I expected to learn and grow professionally, but what has been most surprising are the personal breakthroughs I've experienced. The learnings gained in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program have and will continue to shape the trajectory of my life. This program has inspired me to act, given me the tools to communicate, and connected me with an incredible network as I develop solutions to help veterans succeed within corporate America.

– Christina Lowhorn (VLP 2018)

Results & Highlights

The program received a net promoter score (NPS) of 91.


said they gained skills and abilities that improved their ability to make a difference.


said their passion for improving society increased after participating in VLP.

said their exposure to and appreciation of wider diversity of perspectives increased.

70% of scholars indicated they had made at least some progress on their PLPs after the program, with 53% of scholars indicated they had made a lot of or significant progress on their PLPs.

About the Program

Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program