Domestic Excellence

Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

Increasing the impact and developing the skills of those who serve our Nation's veterans.

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.

Research shows that while every veteran transition looks different, there are three keys to a successful transition: health and well-being, education, and employment.

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.

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

Program details

Meet the 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

Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Lindsey Knutson
Lindsey Knutson Director, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kacie Kelly
Kacie Kelly Deputy Director, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Maj. Amy Bernard, USMC (Ret.)
Maj. Amy Bernard, USMC (Ret.) Senior Program Manager, Veteran Economic Opportunity George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Kat Cole
Kat Cole Senior Program Manager, Military Service Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Brooke Dority
Brooke Dority Senior Program Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Robert A. McDonald
Robert A. McDonald The April and Jay Graham Fellow George W. Bush Institute Full Bio