Welcome to the Family!

As a graduate or participant of one of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ programs, you are a part of an ever-growing network of IVMF alumni across the globe! As IVMF was founded at Syracuse University and is headquartered on their campus, completing an IVMF program also makes you a Syracuse University alum! This extensive network is here for you to stay connected and leverage for your professional/entrepreneurial journey.

Take advantage of resources, webinars, and a community of veterans and military spouses that share the IVMF bond through their post-service lives. Long after you complete your course or residency, you are connected to the IVMF team for follow-up resources and opportunities as your professional goals evolve. No matter if you graduated from Onward to Opportunity or one of the eight ARESENAL entrepreneurship programs, the Alumni Services team supports all IVMF graduates in realizing and accomplishing their professional and personal goals.

  • Connect with Alumni

    The IVMF will be launching the CORE (Community for Online Resources and Engagement) for graduates of all IVMF programs in Fall 2019! Be on the lookout for an email from us to be invited to the community!

    The IVMF CORE will allow alumni to:

    1.  Connect with graduates from all program cohorts and across all of IVMF’s programs
    2. Network and ask questions based on industry, interest, etc.
    3. Search for graduates based on business, region, interest, industry, etc.
    4. Update your Information to make connections and showcase your business
    5. Mentor or be mentored by a fellow IVMF alum
    6. Set and monitor goals to help you with your professional endeavors
    7. View and submit requests for Post Program Support Resources
    8. Keep updated on what’s new at the IVMF and other outside opportunities

    and so much more!

    For questions, please contact us.

  • VetNet

    VetNet is a free, convenient online-based webinar program geared to educate and advocate for veterans and military families. Watch new webinars live and find our archive of past webinars. 

  • Be an Ambassador

    What does it mean to be an IVMF Alumni Ambassador?

    Graduates from an IVMF program are the best people to tell the IVMF story and how the programs and resources are important for the military-connected community. We are not only looking for alumni to share their experiences with the IVMF, but also those who wish to remain connected after they graduate to help students who come after them and fellow alumni!

    Interested in volunteering as an IVMF Alumni Ambassador? Submit your interest form and we’ll reach out when an opportunity is available in your area.

  • Support the IVMF
    1. Tell us your story so we can share it to help those who are in the same position that you were once upon a time.
    2. You can volunteer your time and expertise to help! Share your business advice in a webinar or register to teach a class!
    3. Of course, the simplest way to support our mission is by making a gift.
  • Alumni Resources

    Find Your Post Program Support Right Here:

    EBV Graduate Support
    VWISE Post-Program Support
    O2O Alumni Services

    Questions? Contact us.

Latest Webinars

Overview of IVMF Programs



Tuesday, March 17th at 12:00 pm EST.


Rosalinda Vasquez Maury | Director of Applied Research and Analytics at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

Jarod Perkioniemi | Manager, Advising Services at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

Lyndsey Hodkinson | Community of Practice Program Manager at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Bryan Radliff | CyberVets Program Manager at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Deanna Parker | Program Manager, EBV & V-WISE at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

This session will cover topics on: 

We invite you to RSVP and join us live Tuesday, March 17th at Noon EST as we host a panel discussion about IVMF Programs for veterans, service members, and military families. We have invited one IVMF team member from each of the main pillars of IVMF including Entrprneruship, Onward to Opportunity, Community Service AmericaServes, and Research & Analytics. 

Register Now.

Conversations with a Texan Veteran Entreprenuer

Anthony cosby


Thursday, March 19th at 12 p.m. EST


Anthony Cosby | Director for Employer Outreach at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and Founder of DLYSI 

Linda Nellis | Enrollment Coordinator at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

This session will cover topics on: 

Are you an entrepreneur? Thinking about it? Have an idea and wonder if you are ready to launch it as a business? Launch a business recently? Ready to grow your current business?

If you want to discuss any and all of these, join us to speak with a veteran who is a graduate of our flagship program, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans! He also happens to be a colleague at the IVMF – and, a Texan!

Register now.

Franchise Disclosure Document Items 1 to 23

Stephen Maeker


Thursday, March 26th at 12 p.m. EST


Stephen Maeker | Franchise Consultant | FranChoice

Stephen Maeker, a nationally published Franchise Consultant for FranChoice, is a seasoned and caring franchising leader who represents 100 hand-picked franchisors via his free service to candidates all over the world. Stephen’s corporate career includes director/senior director level experience with industry leaders in both gasoline/c-store and restaurant operations. Stephen earned his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, his MBA from The University of Southern California in 1996 and has also been a Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston and Texas A&M systems.

This session will cover topics on: 

Franchising to find out more about Franchise Disclosure Document Items 1 to 23 once you decide on your franchise business. The purpose of Franchise Disclosure Document is to fully inform franchise buyers about the investment they are considering and information they need to make an informed decision.

Register now.

HHUSA – Employer Spotlight # 6

Hire Heroes logo


Thursday, April 9th at 12 p.m. EST


Amaris Batista | Apprenticeship Program Manager at Amazon Web Services

Suzanne McCurdy | Team Development | Military Community Specialist at Instant Teams

Nicolle Hernandez | Recruiter at Bank of the West


Brianna Morales | Employer Engagement Specialist | Veteran Advocate | Training Coordinator | Certified Professional Recruiter at Hire Heroes USA

This session will cover topics on: 

In partnership with Hire Heroes USA, IVMF invites you to RSVP for our sixth “Employer Spotlight”, assisting you with your next career move. Our Employer Spotlight series features leaders in talent acquisition from premiere national O2O Employer Partners in a live and interactive webinar forum. Join us to hear ‘behind the scenes’ information on topics such as overviews of company hiring procedures, what helps you stand out from the competition, the best way to get your foot in the door, and what an employer looks for in a candidate.
Additionally, session special guests will have a chance to talk about what’s special about their companies and talk about current opportunities that exist within each organization.

Register now


EventsDescriptionEvent NameDateTimeLocationCity/StateRegister
Veterans in politics with Mike Haynie and participantsNetworkingAlumni Networking Night in DallasThu, March 5, 20205:00 PM – 7:00 PM CSTHyatt Regency Dallas
Reunion Foyer
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207
Dallas, TXRegister Here

Meet the Team

The IVMF Alumni Services team is here to support you throughout your post-service journey. Have a question on what benefits you receive as an alum or simply want to connect? Reach out to the team today.

Ashley Squairs

Ashley Cavender

Manager | Alumni Services

Elvis Avdic

Advisor, IVMF Post-Program Support

Laura Cooper

Director | Advising & Enrollment Services
Onward to opportunity graduate Dan Walker.

“Leave your rank at the door, be prepared to start at the bottom. Your experience in the Military is invaluable, but with a new profession you are going to have learn new things, and there is no better place to do that in the trenches. Right now, that’s what I’m doing in the classroom. I’m using my vast leadership experience to help make me successful yet learning everyday about a new profession. O2O helped me get in the right mindset do that.”

Military Installation: Fort Carson
CISSP Graduate
Corpus Christi Catholic School Spanish Teacher, Since August 5, 2018

Walker Jr., Dan

Major, US Army

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