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Veteran Employment is Front and Center at Mission Transition Event in DC

June 25, 2015

Veteran Employment is Front and Center at Mission Transition Event in DC

IVMF is recognized by President Bush; Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap is released

VETRoadmap-Slider-wRoadmap-BackgroundWASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Mike Haynie, executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) was among the participants at Wednesday’s Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post 9-11 Veterans and Military Families – an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes, and The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.

Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post 9-11 Veterans and Military Families featured comments from Mrs. Laura Bush and President George W. Bush, as well as other government, military and private sector leaders. In his remarks, President Bush stressed how the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative is focused on helping Americans better understand, effectively support, and take advantage of the opportunity to employ our veterans.

President Bush also referenced the Bush Center’s partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, citing the collaborative work of one of the most comprehensive studies conducted on post 9-11 vets. “We learned some hopeful things and some troubling statistics, but what most veterans want is their service to be understood and appreciated for what it is … a formative experience in their lives and a source of skills and values that prepare them to succeed in civilian life,” said President Bush.

Following President Bush’s address, Dr. Haynie provided a current snapshot of where our nation stands with veteran employment and unemployment, and reported on what challenges lie ahead.

“We’ve successfully mobilized to deal with the veteran unemployment crisis of the past few years and now we need to shift our focus to an institutionalized strategy with long-term, meaningful partnerships in place to sustain veteran employment,” said Dr. Haynie, who also serves as vice chancellor for veteran and military affairs at Syracuse University. “Our collective efforts have impacted veteran employment numbers in a positive way; we must continue this forward momentum so that we may also influence national policy as it relates to veteran employment in local communities across the country.”

The event also provided the forum for the release of the Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap, a resource produced by the George W. Bush Institute and Hiring Our Heroes that seeks to better equip our transitioning service members and veterans as they navigate the civilian workforce landscape. To access the VET Roadmap, visit http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/veteran-employment-transition-roadmap.

In the VET Roadmap, the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program extend special thanks to the IVMF at Syracuse University, as well as to the fellows at the Niemi Center at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, and Deloitte LLP for their contributions to the effort.

 

About the IVMF

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Learn more about IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu.

About The George W. Bush Institute

The George W. Bush Institute, founded by President and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center in Dallas with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe. Built on principles that guided the Bushes in public life, the Bush Institute uses leading research to develop and implement policies that offer practical solutions to pressing problems in the United States and abroad. The Bush Institute engages in the following areas: Economic Growth; Education Reform; Global Health; Human Freedom; Military Service Initiative; and Women’s Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.bushcenter.org.


About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. Visit http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes for more information.

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Media Contact:

Wayne A. Westervelt | Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
t 315.443.5690 m 315.558.9483 e wwesterv@syr.edu

 

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