Two years ago, Syracuse University entered into a historic partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to found the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). As the first and only academic institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF was founded based on the idea that the social and intellectual resources of higher education can be purposefully and effectively leveraged in new and innovative ways to advance the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and their families. To that end, over the past two years the IVMF team has enacted this simple idea through a robust portfolio of veteran-facing programs, research initiatives, and community collaborations positioned to deliver innovative and impactful opportunities to the nation’s veterans, their families, and those who serve this important community.
This week the IVMF has released its 2013 Annual Report to chronicle the growth and national impact accomplished over the past year. The report is organized based on the four core mission areas of the IVMF: community engagement, research & policy, programming, and employment. These mission areas represent a new organizational model for the IVMF, resulting from a 2013 strategic realignment designed to best leverage the IVMF’s strengths – thought leadership, convening ability, partnership building, technical assistance, and direct training of veterans – to ensure that we are best positioned to serve our nation’s veterans and their families.