Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Bob Woodruff Foundation Launch High-Impact Collaboration Video Series on Employing Veterans with Disabilities

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) are pleased to announce that the second component in their commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative launches today.

Last year, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, 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 a 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, which placed unemployment for post-9/11 veterans at 9.2 percent, but revealed a rate then more than three times that figure, 35 percent, among post-9/11 veterans ages 20-24. While veteran employment continued to improve after that report, there are still gaps to address.

“We are taking considerable steps toward understanding the underlying complexities and breakthrough solutions in employment programs for veterans with disabilities and are thrilled to be partnering with IVMF on this CGI commitment,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

“We’re excited to announce this video series availability today,” says James Schmeling, IVMF managing director and co-founder. “And we’re looking forward to working with others around the country as they start or grow their initiatives focused on employment and veterans with disabilities.”

At the two-day forum, April 23-24, 2013, at the Pew Center in Washington, D.C., public- and private-sector experts gathered to discuss current assumptions and obstacles to employment for veterans. They presented leading practice policies and programs that are having an impact on service members and veterans with disabilities transitioning to civilian employment. Attendees include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs; nonprofit leaders, such as the National Organization on Disability (NOD); and corporate executives from GE, IVMF founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Accenture, among others.

Accessible from the Bob Woodruff Foundation website, IVMF YouTube channel, and Veteran Employment Leading Practices: Tools for Engaging Talent, the video series features transcripts, captioning, audio and video of the conference presentations from experts in the field of employment and veterans, with an emphasis on understanding and meeting the needs of both business and industry and veterans with disabilities.  BWF and IVMF anticipate the videos will be useful to those engaged with employment issues and who need guidance on corporate culture, available accommodation strategies and equipment, and connections to experts. They hope it will also assist the growth of existing training, education, and employment programming and will seed development of new programs, initiatives and publications positioned to support our nation’s service-disabled veterans.

Video Sessions in the Series

View the High-Impact Collaboration Video Series on YouTube

ABOUT THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring injured service members, veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government—diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $20 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than 1 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES (IVMF)

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. Learn more about IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu.

For information on partnership opportunities with the IVMF, contact Raymond Toenniessen, IVMF director of new initiatives and external relations, at (315) 443-0256 or rmtoenni@syr.edu; for collaboration related to employment, training, and career transition, contact James Schmeling at 315-443-2937 or at jschmeli@syr.edu.