Veterans Campaign Training Workshops and Symposiums

Participants at the Spring 2015 Candidate Training Workshop discuss the expectations and experience of running for public office with Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA).

Participants at the Spring 2015 Candidate Training Workshop discuss the expectations and experience of running for public office with Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA).

Veterans Campaign's signature Campaign Training Workshop is a weekend bootcamp for veterans, transitioning service members, and other members of the military community committed to pursuing a "Second Service" to their country in elected office and political campaigns. 

Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the campaign process from a dynamic team of instructors ranging from inside-the-Beltway experts to distinguished public servants to grassroots activists. Panels, role-playing exercises, and breakout sessions will be interspersed with keynote addresses from distinguished public servants, firsthand accounts of veterans who have been in your shoes, and opportunities to meet with instructors, fellow attendees, and honored guests.

Day 0: Reception/ Meet and Greet

  • Hear initial comments from speakers who represent a wide set of perspectives from across the political landscape
  • Meet other politically invested veterans focused on "second service" after their military careers
  • Friendly, reception-oriented networking in preparation for the workshop

Day 1: Preparing Yourself to Run

  • Identifying the right office and issues to focus on
  • Developing and practicing your message
  • Presenting yourself as a candidate
  • Fundraising
  • Running as a veteran
  • Reception

Day 2: Running a Successful Campaign

  • Building your campaign team
  • Running a well-managed, focused race
  • Getting out the vote
  • Where to turn for help

Cost: $495 includes tuition, meals, registration fees, a ticket to the Saturday night reception, and program materials, including a copy of our guidebook for veteran candidates, The Candidate's Field Manual, and preparatory + follow on instruction before and after the workshop. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid: We are strongly committed to maintaining our record of meeting 100% demonstrated financial need by all previous workshop attendees. We have already been able to subsidize the full cost to each attendee by $1,000+  through existing gifts and are actively fundraising to offer additional scholarships. 

We encourage any prospective attendee for whom cost is an obstacle to register and indicate their interest in a scholarship--you will be contacted as these funds are made available. Priority for future scholarships will go to match funds raised by the attendees themselves--we believe veterans need "a hand up, not a handout" and will help you through the solicitation process. If it is your first time asking for money, it will be an uncomfortable but incredibly rewarding process, as the experience fundraising in a guided learning environment before then during the workshop is a safe way to develop a practice and skill that will be crucial to your future success in civic and political leadership.

Here's our pledge to you: If you have the discipline and drive to pitch others to invest in your mission to lead, regardless of how much you raise, we will find a way to get you to the workshop to refine your skills.