Blog: NPLA Pittsburgh Veteran Training Incentive

Last weekend with support from the Heinz Endowments, we ran a political training for 14 military veterans in Pittsburgh who are interested in potentially running for office in the future. On the first day, we covered the philosophical and practical components of considering political service, engaging our veteran participants in deeply personal reflection around core values, mission, and personal story. On day two, they engaged with the framework of planning and executing effective campaigns, and then applied those frameworks to advise a hypothetical state assembly candidate on their campaign plan and strategy.

We were delighted by the tremendous positive feedback from the training’s participants, with all of them saying they would recommend this training to other veterans who had an interest in serving through politics. One participant wrote that the training “opened his eyes to the potential and benefits of his service for running and representing his community, and brought him together with other veterans who are willing to work together and support each other to ensure Pittsburgh has the best representation possible.”

Thanks to all of the military veterans who participated in this training and took the time to reflect deeply on, and further, their call to service. We look forward to seeing your continued service to our communities and country!

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