Paralyzed Veterans of America Awards IVMF with Distinguished MISSION: ABLE Award

Industry-leading veteran organization presents highest honor recognizing Institute’s leadership to champion the end of veteran unemployment

Washington, D.C., September 19, 2017 – The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University was recognized among fellow veteran service organizations, service members, veterans, friends and supporters of Paralyzed Veterans of America for its work supporting veteran employment at an event in Washington D.C. on September 19, 2017. With four award categories including Employment, Achievement, Sustainability, and Humanitarianism, the MISSION:ABLE awards celebrates those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and fought for expanded rights for the 22 million veterans, 56.7 million people with disabilities, and 800,000 Americans living with spinal cord injury or disease.  The IVMF was awarded the ABLE award for Employment for outstanding efforts to train and employ veterans as they transition out of military life and for its groundbreaking programs focused on small business and entrepreneurship.

This national award is given annually to champions dedicated to creating an America where our nation’s disabled heroes are able to fully live the lives they deserve and access what they need most: health care, benefits and jobs. Past honorees include Microsoft, GE, Deloitte, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Penske Corporation.

Accepting the award for the IVMF, was Dan D’Aniello, a Syracuse University alum, Life Trustee, and Co-Chairman of the IVMF Advisory Board. D’Aniello is chairman and co-founder of The Carlyle Group.

Also attending was Dr. Mike Haynie, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and IVMF Executive Director, who commented “The IVMF is proud to accept this distinguished award on behalf of the over 73,000 veterans and family members we have served through our training and programming.  I cannot underscore enough the value and impact veterans and military connected families bring to our American employment landscape. We all benefit when veterans are trained, mentored and provided opportunities to approach their next mission into civilian life creating meaningful employment for themselves and their families.”

For nearly a decade, Syracuse University has provided no-cost training in career preparation, entrepreneurship, and industry certification with a direct connection to over 450+ national veteran-friendly employers. Impacting over 73,000 veterans and military families to date, the IVMF’s end-to-end suite of programs empowers those who have worn the uniform to embark on a new journey as they transition from military to civilian life.

Lee Moreland, a U.S. Army veteran, is a successful graduate of one of those signature programs, Onward to Opportunity-Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP). As he began looking toward his next mission after serving, Moreland began training in O2O-VCTP’s IT track earning a Cisco certification, taking advantage of the skills he’d mastered while serving. “Before I even left the service, O2O-VCTP provided me the employment training to obtain a certificate quicker than the college admittance process with an immediate improvement to my resume and then direct connections to employers who were hiring. An in the IT world where you must have expertise in specific domains, those technical certifications matter.” Moreland is now managing the Starbuck’s technology program in China.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is the leading advocate for veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA focuses its work on quality health care, research and evaluation, benefits and civil rights for its members.

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