The IVMF develops and nurtures a community of interdisciplinary scholarship with world-class scholars committed to investigate and confer insight into the social, psychological and economic issues that impact veterans and military families through its Fellows Program. Fellows produce original research to meet needs identified by stakeholders in the community and develop research briefs in response to salient social, economic, public policy and wellness issues impacting veterans and their families. Fellows also present their work at an annual research symposium that includes colleagues, businesses, practitioners, representatives of government agencies, higher education and others.
Weekly IVMF Research Briefs, summarizing and highlighting recent and most cited peer-reviewed journal articles and in-progress research (i.e., working papers, institute/think-tank publications, conference proceedings, government reports, etc.) are read by educators and academics, employers, the veteran community, policymakers and practitioners in hopes to better understand this population and address the primary concerns of our nation’s service men and women, and their families.
National Survey of Veterans in America (NSVA)
The NSVA is a major IVMF initiative, designed and positioned to capture a comprehensive portrait of the post-service life course of America’s veterans and their families, focused on insight into education, family life, mental health, individual and family wellness, economic stability and employment. The NSVA will empower veterans, giving them voice in the national dialogue, and represents an opportunity to confer unique insight into the individual and family-based strengths of the community and challenges facing veterans and their families. The NSVA represents an opportunity to provide insight into how and why the veteran community represents a valuable segment of American society, potentially suggesting an actionable pathway for our veterans to contribute their leadership, citizenship and important skills and knowledge to the U.S. economy. The NSVA is expected to be launched in the near future and will be accessible to all veterans.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Consortium
The EBV Consortium represents the first major partnership of U.S. schools and colleges, since the end of World War II, formed with the expressed purpose of serving military veterans. Formed in 2008 as a national educational initiative, the consortium is designed to help veterans with disabilities and their families make the transition to self-employment, develop professional networks and ultimately start and grow sustainable businesses. Today, each of these eight world-class schools offers the EBV program on their campuses, with Syracuse University serving as the national host. The program continues to be largely privately funded, and offered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities that demonstrate a passion for becoming a small business owner, in addition to their family members through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F).
In order to create military-friendly campuses that are welcoming, inclusive and supportive to the men and women currently serving and/or those who have served our country, as well as their dependents, the IVMF works with education experts to create resource materials for colleges and universities; faculty, admissions, and recruiting staff; university disability services; student health and counseling services; career services; and more. Leading practice materials are shared online as they are prepared, and webinars are presented and archived for use by stakeholders.