The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families.

  • Paper draws on public health and management research to make a case for greater coordination and collective impact among veteran service providers in communities

    Community Impact

    IVMF Argues for Greater Collective Purpose and Coordination in Veterans Services

    Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) releases report that underscores the need for greater coordination and collective purpose among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families. The paper details what the authors describe as both a challenge and opportunity for communities to maximize positive outcomes for veterans and their families through “improved, evidence-based coordination” of supportive services. READ MORE HERE

  • Honorable Ashton B. Carter is briefed on IVMF and Syracuse University’s commitment to our service members, veterans and their families
    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter & Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Tour IVMF

    National Impact

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Attends IVMF Roundtable Discussion, Commends IVMF’s ‘Path Breaking Work’

    Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s March 31 visit to Syracuse University included the unique opportunity for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to host a roundtable discussion with the United States Secretary of Defense. READ MORE HERE

  • Grant to the IVMF supports first-of-its-kind initiative to radically change how transitioning military personnel and spouses are trained and hired for civilian jobs

    Service Member Impact

    Schultz Family Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense Join with IVMF to Launch Innovative Military Transition Program

    The Schultz Family Foundation (SFF), the U.S. Department of Defense and the IVMF at Syracuse University (IVMF) today announced the launch of Onward to Opportunity, a groundbreaking new national program that will deliver tailored, industry-specific training and certifications to service members and spouses on U.S. military bases prior to transition. READ MORE HERE

  • Commitment Will Fund Education and Training for Veterans and Military Spouse Small Business Owners

    Community Impact

    First Data Announces $7 Million Partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families

    First Data, the global leader in payments technology and services solutions, today announced a new seven-year, $7 million commitment to the IVMF to fund education, research, training and opportunities for transitioning veterans entering the business community. This funding will directly support innovative programs designed specifically for transitioning military service members, and veteran and military spouse small business owners.

  • Walmart’s commitment to our nation’s heroes continues through support of the Welcome Home North Carolina initiative
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    Community impact

    Walmart Foundation Salutes North Carolina’s 770,000 Vets through $1M Grant to the IVMF

    The Walmart Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the IVMF to help kick-off the Welcome Home North Carolina (WHNC) initiative to support a three year pilot to identify new ways in which the non-profit, public and private sectors can better work together to serve veterans.

  • Dr. Mike Haynie's TEDx talk sheds light on our moral obligation to know our veterans.
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    IVMF Executive Director and Founder presents at TEDx University of Nevada

    IVMF Executive Director and Founder, Mike Haynie presents at TEDx: 'The Moral Obligation to Know Our Veterans.' In this talk Dr. Haynie discusses how, as a result of the all-volunteer approach to military service, most people in the United States do not understand the challenges facing our veterans. To watch his speech, click here.

  • National leaders investigate underlying barriers to employment among post-9/11 veterans and share leading practices

    Veteran Impact

    IVMF and Bob Woodruff Foundation Launch High-Impact Collaboration Video Series on Employing Veterans with Disabilities

    The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), convened a group of national leaders to investigate underlying barriers to employment among post-9/11 veterans and share leading practices. The meeting came on the heels of the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, which placed unemployment for post-9/11 veterans at 9.2 percent, but revealed a rate more than three times that figure, 35 percent, among post-9/11 vets ages 20-24.

  • Study Finds 90% of Responding Female Spouses of Active Duty Service Members are Underemployed
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    National Impact

    IVMF and MOAA Release Results of 2013 Military Spouse Employment Survey

    Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) announce the results of a national study focused on military spouse employment. The presentation will be made at MOAA's Military Spouse Symposium in San Antonio, Feb. 12, hosted in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • National survey of military families details stressors, successes after 12 years of war

    National Impact

    Blue Star Families and IVMF Launch Military Family Lifestyle Survey

    The 2014 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, now in its fifth year, examines key trends within the military family community. The purpose of this survey and overall research project is to help identify and explore the issues that face those who serve in the military and their families. This year, the survey and overall research project is being conducted by Blue Star Families and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.

  • Report highlights the growth and national impact the IVMF in 2013
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    Annual Impact

    IVMF Releases 2013 Annual Report

    The IVMF’s #annualreport2013 is out! While there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the post-service life course of our nation’s veterans, the annual report allows us to look back at the accomplishments we’ve already made, thanks to all of our generous supporters – that means you! Download the IVMF 2013 Annual Report.

  • IVMF launches career opportunities website

    Employment impact

    Want to work at the IVMF?

    As a fast-paced and growing organization, we are always looking for new opportunities and are regularly in search of employees with a similar mindset. Open positions at the institute can be found on our new Careers page. If you are interested in hearing about future employment opportunities at the IVMF, submit your resume and contact information here.



    Starting or growing a business, seeking employment, navigating benefits, going to school, veterans’ issues


    Starting or growing a business, military family issues engagement


    Partnerships, resource guides, research, best practices, business cases


    Fellows, actionable research, EBV consortium, veteran-friendly campuses


    Partnerships, bipartisan engagement, advocacy, collaboration


    Partnerships, engagement, funding, support