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December 7, 2012

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin joins IVMF panel on Post-9/11 GI Bill Dec. 11

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin joins IVMF panel on Post-9/11 GI Bill Dec. 11

David Martin, award-winning national security correspondent for CBS News, has joined the panel of thought leaders and community stakeholders participating in the “Empowering the Next Greatest Generation: Considering the Promise of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.” This event, hosted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club.

The panel brings together leaders in the veterans’ space, government, higher education and private industry to discuss issues related to the implementation and impact of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which affords veterans some of the most generous education benefits since World War II. The IVMF is pleased to have the addition of Martin’s expertise and insight into the subject matter, especially his in-depth knowledge of how the State Department, intelligence community and military operate

Martin has been CBS News’ national security correspondent, covering the Pentagon and the State Department, since 1993. In this capacity, he has reported on virtually every major defense, intelligence and international affairs story for the “CBS Evening News,” as well as “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes Wednesday.” Martin broke several significant stories before and during the Iraq war. He was the first to report, on the opening night of the war, that the U.S. was launching a strike on a palace bunker in southern Baghdad in an attempt to take out Saddam Hussein. Martin also broke the story of the military’s “shock and awe” strategy for its initial strike on Baghdad. During a trip to Iraq in May 2003, he was the first journalist to visit and report on Dora Farms, where Saddam was said by the CIA to have been hiding on the opening night of the war. Martin received an Emmy award for his 2010 story “The Battle of Wanat.”

Martin holds several Emmys, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for his body of work and the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs and public policy reporting awarded by the Washington Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association. In addition, he is the author of two books, “Wilderness of Mirrors,” an account of the secret wars between the CIA and KGB, and “Best Laid Plans: The Inside Story of America’s War Against Terrorism.”

“Empowering the Next Greatest Generation” will be held in the 13th floor ballroom of The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20045. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with opening remarks at 8 a.m. from Mike Haynie, IVMF executive director and founder, and a special guest from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additional panelists include Maureen Casey from JPMorgan Chase, Curtis Coy from VA, Michael Dakduk from Student Veterans of America, Meg Mitcham from the American Council on Education, VADM Robert Murrett from the Maxwell School at SU and James Wright, formerly of Dartmouth College. The event will be moderated by “60 Minutes” producer Sumi Aggarwal.

Click here to register. The event will be live streamed here. Join the conversation that morning by Tweeting with @IVMFSyracuseU and @SUinDC, and include the event’s live hash tag #IVMFNextGreatGen.

For event information, contact Ray Toenniessen, IVMF director of new initiatives and external relations, 315-443-0256 or Scott McDowell, executive director of regional strategic communications, SU Regional Offices, 212-826-1449 or

Members of the media are invited to attend and must contact Jaime Alvarez, IVMF director of communications, 315-443-0177 office, 315-558-7875 mobile or

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