Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has announced its investments and partnerships with military service organizations for 2020; included is Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF.) The generous $475,000 grant will support the Institute’s no-cost entrepreneurship and career training programming for military veterans and families. The IVMF is one of 22 “best-in-class” organizations selected to receive a collective $4.4 million from WWP to assist and support the organization’s efforts, programs and services.
“We are fortunate to partner for a third year with the Wounded Warrior Project on efforts to advance and empower military veterans and their families,” said Maureen Casey, IVMF Chief Operating Officer. “We share WWP’s passion and dedication to this community and are grateful for their enduring partnership, support and commitment to collaboration in this important arena.”
Funding from the Wounded Warrior Project will support the IVMF’s Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) program, Onward to Opportunity curriculum and a new initiative tailored to the early entrepreneurship pursuits and challenges of veterans with disabilities, specifically those served by Wounded Warrior, as well as their spouses and caregivers. All three programs are offered at no-cost to participants and strive to advance the participants’ post service career goals.
“Through these partnerships, we will expand the resources available to America’s injured veterans and help ensure they and their families are thriving long-term,” said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. “It takes a united effort; no single organization can meet all the needs of wounded, injured, and ill veterans. We’re proud to support other veteran and military service organizations assisting wounded veterans both at the local and national level, connecting them with the resources they need to thrive in civilian life.”
Since 2012, WWP has granted more than $260 million to 184 veteran and military service organizations. This year’s selection marks the fifth year of collaboration between IVMF and WWP.