The IVMF celebrates military events, recognitions

By Vanessa Marquette, Web Specialist II, IVMF

IVMF has been devoting much time during the first half of June to important military events and recognitions.  From military observances to celebrating the successes of ROTC alumni, the IVMF is dedicated to serving and promoting awareness to the veteran and military family community. Take a look below to read about some notable highlights and get a glimpse of what the IVMF has been up to this month.

U.S. Army ROTC Celebrates 100 years and Inducts Alumni into Hall of FameIMG_1340
Maj Gen Peggy Combs

Two Syracuse University alumni, James Nathaniel (Jim) Brown ‘57, and Major General Peggy Combs ‘85, were inducted into the inaugural class of the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. They were recognized in a formal ceremony, June 10, at Fort Knox, Kentucky – which celebrated 100 years of ROTC. Read the ROTC story.

Captain Lloyd Bedford Promoted to Major

Captain Lloyd Bedford, Syracuse University ROTC and Assistant Professor of Military Science, was promoted to Major on May 31 in IVMF’s atrium. Retired Lt. Col. Mike Bianchi, IVMF Senior Director of Education and Training, led the promotion ceremony. Bedford served as an IVMF intern during the spring 2016 semester.


Celebrating Flag Day

The week of June 12 is National Flag Week, and June 14 is Flag Day.

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“The American flag invokes pride in our citizens and hope in those who come to our shores in search of a brighter tomorrow. In recognition of the ways it has embodied our ideals and sustained our Nation, let us pay tribute to the Star Spangled Banner and continue striving to create a more perfect and indivisible Union — with liberty and justice for all.” — Presidential Proclamation — Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2016

U.S. Army’s Birthday

The U.S. Army celebrated its 241st birthday on June 14. Thank you to all of the soldiers and their families for their dedication to our nation! Learn more about the Army’s history from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey.

Anniversary of the GI Bill

yellow ribbonPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law on June 22, 1944. Many revisions have been made to the bill since its inception. Most recently, in 2008, the GI Bill was updated to allow veterans with active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 to receive more than just an education. This bill also covers a living allowance and money for books. Veterans can also transfer the education benefits to spouses or children. Learn more about the history of the GI Bill.

To make it easier for veterans and their families, many colleges and universities now have the Yellow Ribbon program. This program allows veterans or their family members to get the additional help needed to cover all educational funds. Discover how your Post 9/11 GI Bill, combined with Yellow Ribbon funding, can make a Syracuse University degree a reality.: Download Down to Zero One-pager (Yellow Ribbon Funding Information).

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Birthday

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be celebrating its birthday on June 23. Thank you to all of the service members and their families for their sacrifices! Learn more about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

PTSD Awareness Month

PTSDJune is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. It’s important to spread awareness about PTSD and how veterans can get the help they need. In observance of PTSD awareness month, the latest IVMF research brief examines the mental health needs in the veteran population. Get the PTSD research brief.



Navy Week in Syracuse

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Navy Week was held in Syracuse June 6-12. IVMF’s  Maureen Casey, Dr. Mike Haynie, and Retired Col. Ron Novak met with Navy Seal Rear Adm. Mark Whitney in lieu of Navy Week.

Fort Drum, Syracuse University Strengthen Bond at Football Combine

Soldiers from Fort Drum’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team came to Syracuse University to train with the university’s football team on June 1, 2016.


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