Applications for exclusive veteran advocacy fellowship are now open
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High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has opened applications for their January 2018 fellowship program. The fellowship is designed to help military veterans learn how to work with politicians, Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and Military Service Organizations (MSOs) in order to effect policy changes for the military community.

High Ground Veterans Advocacy is perhaps most famously known for inspiring and molding a bipartisan House bill, the Fairness for Veterans Act (HR 4683), last year. The bill addresses medical concerns that may have resulted in a less-than-favorable discharge, such as military sexual trauma, PTSD, or TBI. The group expects the DoD to use their suggestions stemming from their advocacy and introduction of the bill to help craft policy in the near future.

Continuing on the foundation of that success, the third class of fellows will spend a week in Washington, D.C. meeting with VSOs, MSOs, politicians, and members of High Ground Veterans Advocacy. While the fellowship does not include funding, the organization will offer tools and resources to help fellows fundraise to offset their costs.

The only requirement to apply is veteran status. The application process includes four parts: A DD-214, a resume, a two-to-three page policy proposal, and a letter of recommendation.

The training will take place January 7 to 13, 2018 and fellowship recipients must be able to attend the program’s entirety. Applications are open until October 31 at 11:59 PM EST. Those interested can read more about the program and apply here.

By J.G. Noll