The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University was honored to host The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki (General, USA, Retired), U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Secretary Shinseki came to the IVMF to learn more about the institute’s mission, and to explore opportunities for collaboration between the IVMF and the VA. Specific topics of discussion that were addressed during Secretary Shinseki’s visit include:
- An overview of the IVMF’s mission, programs and capabilities for research and policy analysis
- An overview of the strategic goals and objectives of the VA, related to engagement with higher education
- Highlights of the IVMF’s private sector, academic and NGO partnerships, as representatives of an opportunity for VA collaboration
Secretary Shinseki’s visit began with a presentation of the IVMF’s mission and programs provided by institute executive director and founder, Dr. Mike Haynie. This was followed by individual presentations of IVMF’s mission areas of employment, community & collaboration, research & policy, and veteran programming. Shinseki also had a meeting with a group of student veterans, and a private visit with the Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, Nancy Cantor.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Secretary Shinseki to lead a massive transformation of the VA into a high-performing 21st century organization that can better serve veterans by being more people-centric, results-driven and forward-looking. The IVMF’s work and mission complement this objective. For example, in September 2012, the IVMF was awarded $511,000 by the New York State Health Foundation to provide multi-year Direct Technical Assistance for New York State-based VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantees. This has positioned Syracuse University as the nation’s leader for building and sustaining community-based programming serving veteran families.
“We were thrilled and honored to host Secretary Shinseki and his team at the IVMF. We are looking forward to exploring opportunities to more closely collaborate with the VA, in our collective efforts to empower our nation’s veterans and their families,” says IVMF Executive Director Mike Haynie.
To view more photos of Secretary Shinseki’s visit to the IVMF, please click here.
About The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki (General, USA, Retired)
Retired U.S. Army General Eric K. Shinseki was nominated to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Barack Obama in 2007. Prior to his nomination, Secretary Shinseki served as Chief of Staff, United States Army, from 1999 to June 2003, and retired from active duty in 2003. During his tenure, he initiated the Army Transformation Campaign to address both the emerging strategic challenges of the early 21st century and the need for cultural and technological change in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Arts degree from Duke University, and is a graduate of the National War College. Secretary Shinseki is also decorated with numerous awards such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device (with 2 Oak Leaf clusters).
About the IVMF
As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information.