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Andrew Ward selected for the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program!

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AVA's current President Andrew Ward has been selected for the stand-to veteran leadership program (VLP) Class of 2021, from the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Institute.

The Stand-To-veteran leadership program

Today, the George W. Bush Institute announced the 2021 class selected to participate in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at individuals serving our nation's veterans who are motivated to broaden their skillsets, knowledge, and influence across the country.

Read the press release here.

The Stand-To VLP program will be a five-month commitment, which will commence in June and conclude in October. Throughout the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, the participants will hear from a variety of nationally known and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in veteran and military family transition issues. The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders from across the country can participate in this program at no cost. Andrew's tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by generous contributions from program partners and funders.

“Andrew has worked tirelessly advocating for legislation in Louisiana to improve outcomes for veterans transitioning into the workforce, among his many other objectives. His personal story of determination and leadership in the military and civilian life sets an aspirational standard for all service members to try and achieve.”-Jean-Paul Coussan State Representative District 45 Louisiana House of Representatives 

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

“Andrew Ward is a true servant leader who has always sought to put his community before himself.  Ward’s participation in the Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program will continue to strengthen him and provide dividends to our nation for many more years to come.”- Blake H. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer, Bunker Labs


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The current AVA board couldn't be more proud to have such an outstanding leader and spokesman to be present in this amazing opportunity. Congratulations again, Andrew!



About AVA

Acadiana Veteran Alliance was formed to build new economic development and industry WITH veterans, and fund PTSD healthcare treatments FOR veterans.

The Mission of the Acadiana Veteran Alliance (AVA) is to unite Acadiana-area veterans, Acadiana veteran-owned businesses, and all Acadiana-based companies for a common purpose; supporting veterans in our Work, Heal, and Give phases of assistance