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.

  • 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

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

    Annual Impact

    IVMF Releases 2014 Annual Report

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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