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In the heart of every military community lies a wealth of untold stories, each a testament to the courage, sacrifice, and resilience of those who serve. This blog explores just a few of those stories about veterans, spouses, and the entire family unit. 

The D’aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families is proud to welcome 99 AAPI, Black, female, and Latinx entrepreneurs from across the United States to the Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program. These trailblazing entrepreneurs are joining a community of passionate and innovative individuals who are breaking down barriers and creating solutions to today’s business problems. 

In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Month, we’re looking at some of the standout military spouse founders from our Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship (BBiE) and Veterans in Residence (ViR) program participants over the past year. BBiE creates a space for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs from traditionally underserved communities to come together to support and educate one another in the face of unique challenges, and help spread the word about opportunities. 

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we’re looking at some of the standout founders from our Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship (BBiE) and Veterans in Residence (ViR) program participants from the AAPI community over the past year. BBiE creates a space for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs from traditionally underserved communities to come together to support and educate one another in the face of unique challenges, and help spread the word about opportunities. 

For Jasmine Paul, it was her senior year at High Point University just outside Greensboro, North Carolina. She was going to school full time chasing her communications degree, working three jobs, one of which was an internship, and part of the ROTC program. She was about as busy as a person can be. So how did she end up living out of her car?

One of the creative keynotes was Amy Jo Martin’s on her Renegade Thinking philosophy. At Veteran EDGE, she shared the origins behind the brand of “positive disruption” she created in reaction to her time with the NBA helping Shaquille O’Neal learn how to tweet. That formative experience led to a successful career that’s given her the opportunity to work with world-renowned brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nike, Dell and more.

Frank spoke to the Veteran EDGE audience about recent innovations in artificial intelligence that promise to be as paradigm-disrupting as the smartphone. The volume of data collection and the speed of the chips to perform the calculations has reached the point where AI technology is on the cusp of being everywhere, in every piece of technology.

As the spouse of a U.S. military service member and a mom who loves a military kid, I can relate hard to the anguish and ambivalence about moving children (and ourselves) away from a lovely place we've called home.

Whether you're transitioning from active service or about to graduate and enter the civilian workforce, selecting the right career training program is crucial. The journey from military to civilian life or from military education to industry-specific roles requires careful planning and informed decisions. Here are refined strategies for both transitioning service members and military graduates seeking industry-specific training and certification.

Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) held our sixth annual Veteran EDGE conference in Dallas, Texas late March (20-22). There were a record 470 attendees present for three days packed with programming, networking, and opportunities curated to help participants grow and scale their businesses.

Maria first heard about IVMF in 2018 at the Association of the United States Army Conference. Maria bumped into a friend working with IVMF at the conference, who asked Maria to sit on a panel for IVMF’s IGNITE. She was floored there was an entire day-long conference built around military spouse entrepreneurs just like her. Next year, she ensured she was signed up to participate in the entire day’s programming.