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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. 

To meet the demands of veterans and military spouses and continuously inform the employer of the value they bring to the workforce, it is imperative that employers have a centralized location to explore current research, reports and best practices on how to leverage and retain military talent in their organization.

Many veteran households with children may soon become eligible to receive an enhanced child tax credit for 2021. This child tax credit is all part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law on March 11, 2021. While the headlines were primarily focused on the $1,400 direct cash payments that were issued in March, the plan also includes aid for small businesses, funding for schools, and subsidies for health insurance premiums for plans through the Affordable Care Act.

How many times have you sat back and wondered what your children would be like when they were grown up? Would they have the same arguments at the dinner table? Temper tantrums about sharing and who last cleaned the bathroom? Did you often worry if they would be okay with yet again another transition? Military children are a unique and often under-recognized population where redefined challenges and life experiences collide. Children of our service members are often exposed to a variety of familial, social, and academic pressures that we often as adults can find burdensome. While these challenges are of utmost importance, I wanted to open this brief reflection on how the identity of being a military child impacted my two daughters.

This year, in the month of March, two female generals were nominated to positions as 4-star combatant commanders: General Jacqueline Van Ovost and Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson. It is a significant milestone, but that it happened during Women’s History Month makes it an especially fitting time to remember that women have been “in the fight” for centuries.

Originally from Canton, New York, Ellie Komanecky’s path to working at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) in many ways parallels the experience of many veterans she has worked with over the past ten years. Veterans in some cases are beginning a new chapter in their lives after sustaining a disabling injury. When Komanecky was a college student in 2004 her plans drastically changed when she sustained a spinal cord injury leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

IVMF Director and Syracuse University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mike Haynie, recently wrote about the veteran suicide epidemic and how the National Guard suffers the highest rates at 30.6 suicides per 100,000 members.

With President Biden's inauguration and the beginning of a new Congress, this is the moment to think of the nation’s 18 million military veterans and their families. For those who have borne the battle, who wore the uniform in our nation’s defense: How can we be better?

Growing up in a family where many have served in the Air Force, Army, and Navy, military history is something that intrigues me. Last year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic arriving in the United States, my husband Ryan (who serves in the Army National Guard) and I visited the islands of Kauai and Oahu in Hawaii.

My hero and role model happens to be my dad, Mel Rubenstein. He is a Syracuse University alum from the class of 1953. At that time, the draft was in effect, and he decided if he had to serve, he wanted to do it as an officer. He proceeded to join ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Course). After basic training at Fort Bragg, he received his commission. He and my mother (Syracuse University sweethearts) were sent to Fort Knox where they were set up in housing right on post.

IVMF is excited to announce the addition of a new program: EBV-Spark. Spark resides in the Ideation phase of Arsenal and is derived from our Entrepreneurship for Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) program to meet the needs of our veterans and military spouses looking for a 100% virtual entrepreneurship training program. The purpose of this 7-week virtual program is to test the practicality of an early business idea and establish the varying areas of marketing, sales, personal branding, finance, value creation, and value delivery.