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.

  • IVMF is recognized by President Bush; Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap is released

    Veteran Impact

    Veteran Employment is Front and Center at Mission Transition Event in DC

    Dr. Mike Haynie, executive director of the IVMF, was among the participants at Wednesday’s Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post 9-11 Veterans and Military Families – an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes, and The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. Read more about the Mission Transition Event and IVMF's Participation here

  • Report highlights the growth and national impact of the IVMF in 2014

    Annual Impact

    IVMF Releases 2014 Annual Report to All Stakeholders

    The IVMF’s #annualreport2014 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 2014 Annual Report.

  • Nine veteran entrepreneurs receive a total of $130,000 in seed funding at national competition

    Community Impact

    Winners Announced in Citi and IVMF’s ‘Realizing Your Dream’ National Business Competition for Veterans and Military Spouses

    Citi and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) today announced the winners of the second Citi Salutes: Realizing Your Dream Business Competition, an opportunity for veterans and military spouses who are established or aspiring entrepreneurs to submit formal small business plans and compete for a share of $130,000 in seed funding from the Citi Foundation. READ MORE HERE

  • Conference organized by the IVMF, SBA, Citi and Newman’s Own Foundation

    Veteran Impact

    Women Veterans, Servicemembers and Military Spouses to Receive Entrepreneurship Training May 28-30 at V-WISE DC

    Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), the nation’s leading entrepreneurship training program for women veterans, active duty service women, and female partners and spouses of service members, is hosting a regional entrepreneurship training conference in Washington, D.C., May 28-30, 2015. READ MORE HERE

  • Former Congressman, representing CNY and Northern New York, John M. McHugh discusses veteran and military-connected programs at SU

    National Impact

    U.S. Secretary of the Army Visits IVMF

    The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the U.S. Army and former member of Congress representing Northern and Central New York, visited Syracuse University to learn more about the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the many veteran and military-connected programs and services offered at Syracuse University. READ MORE HERE

  • First Data and the IVMF lead initiative connecting veteran-owned business with commerce and supplier opportunities

    National Impact

    IVMF helps launch national coalition of veteran-owned businesses

    First Data Corporation and the IVMF have partnered with leading companies, government agencies, non-profits and others to launch the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business. This first-of-its-kind national initiative will support the success of veteran, service member, and military family-owned businesses by connecting them with entrepreneurial education and training, small business resources and solutions, and commerce and supplier opportunities. READ MORE HERE

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.



    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