The Walmart Foundation and IVMF Announce Veteran Vocational Acceleration Grant Program Recipients

The Walmart Foundation yesterday announced 11 programs to receive grant funding to support veteran vocational education. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University received the initial $1 million grant and solicited competitive proposals from community-based organizations and technical colleges throughout California, New York, Texas, and North Carolina. Across the nation, these grants will seed, cultivate and provide technical assistance to a network of workforce development-focused programs that will leverage skills, training, credentialing, and other efforts to advance the employment situation of veterans and transitioning service members.

“Establishing these veteran-specific vocational programs with the support of The Walmart Foundation is an outstanding opportunity for veterans, their communities, and for the IVMF,” says Colonel (Ret.) Jim McDonough, IVMF senior director for community engagement. “Each grantee is focused on developing or implementing technical training and certification programs for veterans. These initiatives will equip veterans with sustainable skills for careers in their local economy, enhance the community with a talented and available workforce, and strengthen the resources of organizations committed to serving veterans. The Walmart Foundation and the IVMF selected grantees based on their articulate, compelling, and innovative approach towards providing veteran vocational skilling programs within their communities.”

The IVMF/Walmart Foundation Vocational Acceleration for Veterans Grant is part of the Walmart Foundation’s $20 million commitment to address veteran issues. In addition to this funding commitment from the Walmart Foundation, Walmart pledged that over the next five years, it will hire 100,000 veterans who honorably left the military in the last year. Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country. The program, which kicked off on Memorial Day, will include jobs mostly in Walmart stores or Sam’s Club locations.

The complete list of organizations who have received an IVMF/Walmart Foundation Vocational Acceleration for Veterans Grant include:


North Carolina

New York


Goodwill Industries of Orange County – Veterans Vocational Accelerator Consortium Wake Tech CC – Accelerated Career Transformation Services Cayuga CC – Commissioned for Success (C4S) Tarrant County College – Vocational Acceleration for Military Veterans of Tarrant County Project
Workshops for Warriors  – Workshops for Warriors (WFW) Fayetteville State University – Service Source Warrior Bridge Jefferson CC – Health Information Technology Del Mar College –  Pathways With a Purpose
Fordham UniversityEdge4Vets at Airport Austin CC – Two Paths To Work (2P2W)
LaGuardia CC – Career Ladders for Veterans


For more information regarding the initiative itself, please contact Jim McDonough at (315) 415-4050 or

About the IVMF

The IVMF is the first national center 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.

About the Walmart Foundation

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

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