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    SU and America’s Veterans

    June 22, 2015

    Photo: Guests at the event, Those attending a Lubin House talk by Dr. Mike Haynie, the Vice Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs, heard the special account of Syracuse University's unique place in the history of veterans. Right at the top of his presentation SU & America’s Veterans: An Enduring Commitment, A Historic Legacy Dr. Haynie surprised most guests when he revealed the institutional support of veterans began in 1917 when the student body voted to offer military training on campus for World War I.

    Today, Syracuse University is a leading institution in the range of services it provides veterans as Dr. Haynie told the crowd seated in the Library. “[SU] has programs to prepare future officers through Army and Air Force ROTC; contributes to the mid-career development of serving personnel with military education programs in defense comptrollership, information management, logistics, motion media, photojournalism, and telecommunications & network management,” said Haynie. Syracuse University also offers premier programs for senior officers in national security studies and national security & counterterrorism.

    SU’s renewed commitment began in earnest in 2007 with the founding of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), the kernel of what has become the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Dr. Haynie explained to the audience “launching in 2011, IVMF is enacting orderly change and positive impact throughout the post-service life course of our nation’s veterans and their families.”

    Attendees of the evening program left feeling good about state of veterans on our campus and beyond. It was a captivating event that showcased one of the most important initiatives our university has ever undertaken," says Will Cass ’08. “I was surprised to learn just how deep the IVMF reaches and the breadth of programs available to today’s veterans.  I can’t imagine another university that is doing more for those who have sacrificed so much.”

    View photos of our event on Facebook http://on.fb.me/1eDNWAv.