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.

  • 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.

  • Bi-monthly Veteran Homelessness Report Published
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    The March 2014 edition features two SSVF success stories - Hudson River Housing, Inc. and Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP); a look at HELP USA - a third-year VA SSVF grantee; and an announcement from the IVMF and JPMorgan Chase for veteran serving community based organizations. To read the full report, 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.

  • Google Global Impact Award Supports Advances in Veteran's Higher Education

    Education Impact

    IVMF is a recipient of the Google Global Impact Award

    The IVMF, along with three other veteran-supporting organizations, have been selected as a recipient of the Google Global Impact Award. The grant will be used to fund research on the whole of the veteran experience in higher education with the end goal of determining a set of best practices that will support veteran higher education from recruiting and enrollment to graduation.

  • IVMF Executive Director, Mike Haynie, Among List of Keynotes at Disney Veterans Institute

    Education Impact

    IVMF executive director among thought-leaders at Disney Veterans Institute

    Mike Haynie, IVMF Executive Director and Founder, was in the company of such names as Michelle Obama and Bob Woodruff at Disney’s Heroes Work Here Veterans Institute workshop. With the goal of educating employers on how to hire and train vets, Haynie spoke about the best practices that employers should adopt when adding veterans to their workforce.

  • 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.



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    Starting or growing a business, military family issues engagement


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


    Partnerships, bipartisan engagement, advocacy, collaboration


    Partnerships, engagement, funding, support