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The CAUSE Veterans Initiative is a six-month civic leadership fellowship program for reservists and veterans who are seeking community leadership roles outside of the military.

6 Month Fellowship

Over the course of six months, fellows participate in 3 civic leadership workshops and work collaboratively to organize a veteran resource event. Each session includes professional development workshops, issue and policy briefings, and exclusive mentorship luncheons.


Each fellow receives a $1,000 stipend upon satisfactory completion of the program. The stipend will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration.


The Veterans Initiative program was specifically designed for veterans especially interested in increasing the accessibility and awareness of available veterans resources as well as learning how to effectively advocate on behalf of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans issues. In this program, participants are provided with mentors, professional development opportunities, issue and policy briefings as well as other social capitals that are essential to helping other veterans successfully transition into a civilian lifestyle.

During this nine-month program, participants will not only gain insight on issues related to the veteran community and how to provide assistance, but will also be exposed to opportunities for individual professional development. Exclusive access to a network of prominent mentors and enhanced political awareness are a few notable examples.

Candidates should be reservists or veterans discharged under honorable conditions. Ideal candidates should be 18-28 years of age. Priority will be given to those applicants demonstrating a strong interest in APA affairs.

Program Components


Participants will gain access to a network of mentors recognized as distinguished community leaders. The program establishes opportunities for fellows to develop career-long relationships for the purpose of personal and professional guidance.

Professional Workshops

CAUSE understands that in order for veterans to be able to successfully advocate on behalf of veterans issues, they must first refine key professional skills. The Veterans Initiative professional development workshops are led by a professional career coach for the purpose of enhancing key skills such as: public speaking and teambuilding skills.

Issue & Policy Briefings

Through issue and policy briefings, participants will gain a greater understanding of the most pressing issues and policies that are directly impacting veterans. The briefings will also help explain the roles of government and community-based organizations in servicing veterans and what still needs to be done.

Veterans Resource Fair

Participants will coordinate a veteran resources fair to provide increased accessibility to available resources for veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families. The fair will specifically place emphasis in targeting the APA military community. Participants will closely interact with legislative offices, government agencies, and community-based organizations throughout the process.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Event Date
Application Opens Friday, September 4, 2015
Application Closes Friday, October 2, 2015
Acceptance Notifications Friday, October 9, 2015
Kickoff Reception & Orientation Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Civic Leadership Session #1 Saturday, December 12, 2015
Civic Leadership Session #2 Saturyday, February 25, 2016
Civic Leadership Session #3 Saturday, May 7, 2016
Veterans Resource Fair Saturday, June 25, 2016

Meet the fellows


Henry Chan


United States Marine Corps 


Jonathan Kim


United States Navy


Wen Lin


United States Navy

Alumni Spotlight

  • "From my time at the US Naval Academy to my time serving aboard the Bunker Hill, there haven’t been a whole a lot of APAs in the military— let alone APA role models we can look up to. We’re a silently growing community and that’s why the CAUSE Veterans Iniatitive matters so much."

    Jonathan Kim Ensign, US Navy

 This program is generously supported by: