As we approach the end of our fiscal year, and the birthdate of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), we are pleased to make our 2014 Annual Report available to all stakeholders, graduates, partners, funders, and supporters.
July 1st will mark the four-year anniversary of Syracuse University and JPMorgan Chase partnering to launch the IVMF. Conceived as the first institute of its kind in the nation, the founding objective stemming from this powerful partnership was to create an academic center positioned to leverage 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. Importantly however, the IVMF was not conceived as simply a “think tank” – but as an “action tank” focused on building from state-of-the-art research and theory, to in turn design and deliver state-of-the-art programming and training to the nation’s veterans and their families.
During the past year, research and action have been the hallmarks of our work, continuing to stay focused on our primary objective. Through meaningful collaboration with our stakeholders, the team of professionals at the IVMF has brought the institute to new heights with continued program expansion, new partnerships and an expanded research and policy agenda. It is this hard work that has enabled the IVMF to serve close to 25,000 transitioning service members, veterans and their families over the past twelve months.
While 2014 was a great year for the IVMF, we continue to evolve, innovate, and grow in service to our mission. We truly appreciate all of you who continue to support the work of the IVMF, so that we may have the distinct honor and privilege to serve our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families.