There are 22.5 million veterans in the United States, and more than 2.5 million Americans have served our country in uniform since 2001. History suggests that our nation’s veterans will face formidable social and economic challenges throughout their post-service life course. The resources and capabilities of higher education are well positioned to inform and impact many of these challenges. Unfortunately, these resources and capabilities have never been coordinated and leveraged on a national scale, to serve our nation’s veterans.

In June 2011, Syracuse University made an institutional commitment to launch the nationally focused Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), a historical first in the context of higher education. To support this effort, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) broadened its existing collaboration with the University to provide industry leadership. The mission of the IVMF is to advance the post-service lives of America’s servicemembers, veterans and their families by focusing across the full spectrum of their social, economic and wellness concerns to deliver class-leading educational and vocational programs, conduct actionable and national impacting research and policy analysis, and provide valued technical assistance, advisory support and expertise.