Domestic Excellence

Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

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


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


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

Founding Program Underwriter

Scholar Spotlight

Carlo Aragoncillo
Welcoming veterans home again to the City of Brotherly Love.
Read his story

Jen Anthony
A voice for women veterans experienced through her own transition journey.
Read her story

D’Juan Wilcher
A courageous journey that paved the way to new opportunities.
Read his story

Sara McNamara
A military spouse with the courage to take risks.
Read her story

Alex Hilliker
A civilian in the corporate world making a difference for veteran transition.
Read his story

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