VCTP: In-Demand Training for Professional Growth – How you can take advantage of the next IVMF opportunity

Written by Laura Cooper, Maithreyee Dubé, and Jim Schock Did you miss the VCTP application window for the January 2017 cohort? The application opened at 8:30 a.m. EST.  The application closed around 12:30 p.m. EST – within four hours of the application opening. What could cause such a massive influx of applications?  The Veterans Career […]

15 Years Later: Honor, Remembrance, Sacrifice

By: Vanessa Marquette, Web Specialist II at the IVMF at Syracuse University Today marks 15 years since the tragic events of 9/11 occurred. It has been 15 years of honoring the fallen from that day and those who have sacrificed for us since then. This day impacted everyone differently, but one thing we all had in […]

Campus Collaborations Provide Veterans With Tools and Services for Success

  IVMF, in addition to having a dedicated history of serving veterans and their families, has a strong standing tradition of working with students to enhance their academic careers at Syracuse University. Currently, the IVMF is integrating students into more than a dozen ongoing projects around campus that provide opportunities for critical thinking and making […]

North Carolina – One Year Later – A ‘Genius Cluster’ Emerges Within an Informed Community

By Colonel (Ret., U.S. Army) Jim McDonough, Managing Director and Former Marine Sniper Ilario Pantano, Senior Director, Syracuse University, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) ‘A World in Crisis, and No Genius in Sight,’ is the title of a recent Peggy Noonan piece published in the Wall Street Journal in which she writes “…today, we […]

OpEd: SCServes Public-Private Partnership with Ralph H. Johnson VAMC

  Authors: Scott R. Isaacks, Director, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center                     COL James D. McDonough Jr. (USA, Ret.), Managing Director, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston VA) and the Institute for Veterans and […]

The IVMF celebrates military events, recognitions

By Vanessa Marquette, Web Specialist II, IVMF IVMF has been devoting much time during the first half of June to important military events and recognitions.  From military observances to celebrating the successes of ROTC alumni, the IVMF is dedicated to serving and promoting awareness to the veteran and military family community. Take a look below […]

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Onward On Memorial Day

By: Dan Savage, National Program Director, Onward to Opportunity Program, IVMF I’ve been a veteran, in my mind, since October 20, 2008, the day I stepped off a plane in Nuremberg, Germany, returning from a 15-month deployment to Iraq. Every Veterans Day and every Memorial Day since has felt different for me. Some years these holidays […]


by Mike Haynie, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, Syracuse University & Executive Director, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) On this Memorial Day, a great many Americans will come together in cities, towns, villages, and at crossroads all across our great nation, to reflect upon those who gave their full measure in trade for […]

Financial Readiness and its Value to Veterans, Transitioning Servicemembers and Their Families

by Dr. Mike Haynie, Executive Director, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF); Vice Chancellor, Military and Veteran Affairs, Syracuse University Douglas McCormick’s Family Inc. is, at its core, a user guide for family financial management. It is written for any American looking for sophisticated financial advice, but many of his key themes are uniquely […]

O2O Vision of Changing the Trajectory of Transition and Fisher House’s Historic Impact of Serving Military Families

By James D. McDonough Jr., Managing Director, IVMF This week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Camp Pendleton, the Schultz Family Foundation (SFF) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University officially recognized the very first graduates of its Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program.  As we celebrate the accomplishments of our first […]

Transcend What Divides Us, To Honor Their Service

Written by: Dr. Mike Haynie Today – Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – is Veterans Day. A day of reflection, Veterans Day represents an opportunity to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of the generations of military veterans who have worn the cloth of our nation.  Our politicians will give speeches, communities will host parades, […]

Celebrating 240 Years of Elite Fighting – Happy Birthday Marines

Written by – Jeff Cleland, Director of Innovation and Operations within the Community Engagement team at the IVMF. November 10th, 2006 – We were in a small village outside of Fallujah, Iraq where I sat in the window of a bombed out house. With a 240g on one side of me and a radio on […]

Veterans are successful entrepreneurs at rates that exceed those who have never served

The economy of the United States depends on small business and veterans are delivering by James Schmeling, Co-Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Managing Director, Programming At the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), we’ve focused on veteran and family entrepreneurship and small business ownership for more than eight years. We know […]

American Pride on Today’s National Day of Service and Remembrance

By Maureen Casey, IVMF Chief Operating Officer Today is designated as Patriot Day and recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.  It is also the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that rocked our nation and many others around the globe.  For me, it is all that and so much more — for […]

21 Veterans with 21 Stories, 4 Services, 1 Goal: Business Ownership

By AJ Florkowski, EBV National Program Director For me, four months on the job as the new National Program Director of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) – a program of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) – has been a moving experience. On July 25, twenty-one disabled […]

Happy 225th Birthday U. S. Coast Guard

Written by: Jennifer Jeffery The U. S. Coast Guard is celebrating its 225th year on August 4, 2015. The origins of this military service are found in the Revenue Cutter Service, which was formed in 1790 when the first Congress approved the building of ten ships to protect the coast. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter […]

Celebrating the American Dream of Business Ownership on Independence Day

Milestones and Opportunities for Veteran and Military Family Owned Businesses by James Schmeling The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) celebrated four years in operation this past week. It was a milestone for us and our team. Several members of that founding team came from veteran-serving programs at Syracuse University and […]

Want to see a room full of inspiration? Visit the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship conference.

Nearly 200 women veterans and military spouses unlocked their inner entrepreneur at the V-WISE conference in Washington, DC Last week, nearly 200 ambitious women veterans and military spouses came together to explore the world of entrepreneurship. At the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC, attendees […]

Transition as a Means to Meaning

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at an end-of-year gathering of student veterans here at Syracuse University. The week leading up to this event had included some personally challenging issues for me, and for that reason the task of considering what message of value I might share with these student-veterans took a […]

From Locker Room to Boardroom

Former NHL players Clint Malarchuk and Mike Gaul are using a new playbook to chart life after hockey, drafted during the 2015 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilites By Rob Enslin Some of you are too young to remember Jim Murray, who made a brief splash with the Los Angeles Kings in the ‘60s, but […]

Taking Care of Business: Spotlight on EBV Program Graduates

Written by: Rob Enslin Chris Dambach was a plucky, 28-year-old Marine stationed in Iraq when a vehicle rollover accident nearly killed him. Sustaining major back and shoulder injuries, he returned home to Central New York to begin the next chapter of his life. Only this time, his mission was something for which he had no […]

Mental Health Week: PTSD and Suicide

Written by: Jenny Hale Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, an accident or disaster. Symptoms can start immediately after an event or can develop years later. These symptoms usually include flashbacks or memories, sleep problems or nervousness. Indicators lasting […]

ROTC at Syracuse University

Written by: Jenny Hale For those graduating high school and thinking about joining the military, an alternative to enlisting are various ROTC programs held at colleges across the country. Students, National Guard, and Reserve members interested have an option to choose between four programs including Army ROTC, Naval ROTC, Marine ROTC and Air Force ROTC. […]

Sometimes a little push is all you need

Written by: Mike Merwin I’m a retired Navy veteran who served half my time as a nuclear submarine officer and the other half in Navy Reserve management, culminating with a job as Chief of Staff for a 2-star Admiral. You might expect my civilian job to be in upper management at a large consulting firm, […]

A New Path Forward for Veterans with Disabilities

Written by: Jenny Hale In 2014, the total number of servicemembers who had been wounded in action since 2001 totaled 52,281. Operation Iraqi Freedom held 31,949 of these members and Operation Enduring Freedom accounted for 20,037. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has 128,496 recorded cases for service members who have been deployed since 2002. Traumatic Brain […]

See what happens when veterans and hockey players take on a different challenge: starting a business

28 military veterans and 2 former National Hockey League players completed a rigorous entrepreneurship training boot camp at Syracuse University on March 14, gaining new skills in small business ownership. During the 9th Annual Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, attendees received more than 80 hours of instruction from top professors, successful vetrepreneurs, […]

NYCServes Update

Written by: Jamie Bazdaric As we begin our second quarter of the NYCServes coordinated services network for veterans and their families, it is the optimal time to share some updates and successes with everyone. On February 25th, 2015 the Community Engagement team of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) gathered a combination of […]

Honoring Our Military Spouses

Being in the military is not just a job for a servicemember, but for their family members as well. While many of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families blogs/social media posts honor our servicemembers, we would like to take the time to honor the men and women who stand beside them during their time […]

A New Call to Service with International Depth

Written by: Ryan Rabac Are you looking to understand the complex balance of international relations in today’s global landscape? Maybe you want to learn how to use the best tools to navigate social problems or political conflicts, solve them, and even teach others about them one day. At the top-ranked Syracuse University Maxwell School, there […]

Veterans Legal Clinic: Free Legal Advice for Veterans through Syracuse University College of Law

In 2015, 214,941 veteran claims have become backlogged through the VA. Veterans can wait almost two years before receiving any disability compensation. In fact, an abundance of legal problems is the second highest reason for veteran suicide at 35 percent, following behind relationship problems at 59 percent. In the service, military members have the opportunity to […]

Women in the Military

Written by: Jenny Hale In 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported 1,853,690 women veterans living in the United States, 214,098 women currently serving in active duty, 118,781 women serving in the reserves and 72,790 serving in the National Guard. Since the start of women in the military as nurses in the American Revolution, the history […]

Resurfacing after Shark Tank

On January 16, veteran entrepreneur Kristina Guerrero, a former Air Force C-130 pilot, 2012 graduate of the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program and 2014 winner of the Citi Salutes: Realizing Your Dream business plan competition, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank. She sought funding and mentorship for her dog food company TurboPUP. […]

The Lessons We Learned: Talking with WWII Veterans

In the fall of 2014, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) interviewed two SU Alumni who had served in World War II. Frank Burgmeier and Jim Wertz both shared stories and memories of their time in service and their return back to the United States in a personal interview with […]

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