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The IVMF was proud to support the inaugural Lincoln Awards - the recipients are an incredible group of people who have served our nations’ veterans tirelessly. Watch TONIGHT on PBS as they are honored by some not-to-be-missed performances at the star-studded Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans and the Military Family. #lincolnawards2015 http://www.thelincolnawards.org/
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Walmart Foundation Announces Two Additional Grants Totaling $350,000 in Support of Its Welcome Home North Carolina Initiative Grants reinforce IVMF's and Walmart's ongoing commitment to coordinate existing veteran supportive services capacity across North Carolina, read more here: http://ow.ly/NcFek
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Walmart, a long-time supporter of entrepreneurship programs with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, announced the next step in its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment and will guarantee job offers to even more transitioning troops. Read more about Walmart's efforts to support veterans and military families at the link below. Of particular note related to veteran and military family entrepreneurs and programs such as Operation Boots to Business, Veteran Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: 

"Walmart is also extending its support for transitioning military members and their families beyond the company’s operations and is leveraging the size and scale of its supply chain to further support programs that provide training, education and economic opportunity.

- Coalition for Veteran Owned Business: On May 5, Walmart participated in the launch of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, which will work to create opportunities for veteran and military-family owned businesses with American businesses and supply chains.

- Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call: Walmart is also specifically encouraging military and veteran-owned businesses to apply for its annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call to be held July 7-8, 2015 in Bentonville, Ark. The summit and open call will provide an opportunity to meet with Walmart’s buyers and facilitate meetings for current and potential suppliers with key state economic development officials.
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Also noted in the Walmart release was support for IVMF's Community Engagement work: The Walmart Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to support a three-year initiative to pilot new ways in which non-profit, public, and private sectors can better work together to serve veterans.
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The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the U.S. Army will visit the IVMF at +Syracuse University on Thursday morning, May 21, to learn more about the IVMF and the many veteran and military-connected programs and services offered at Syracuse University.
Read more here: http://vets.syr.edu/u-s-secretary-of-army-to-visit-syracuse-university-on-may-21/
Former Congressman, representing CNY and Northern New York, John M. McHugh to discuss veteran and military-connected programs at SU. JohnMMcHugh The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the U.S. Army and former member of Congress representing Northern and Central New York, will visit Syracuse ...
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Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek, Eileen Collins, a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Collins joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980 where she completed basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, and Technical Training in Biloxi, MS. Her first tour of duty was at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX where she developed her experience as an Administrative Support Staff (70230B). Her enlistment included an 18-month overseas assignment at RAF Fairford, England. Collins achieved the rank of A1C before returning to the States and completing her enlistment.

In 2007, Collins founded Admin-On-Call, Executive Assistant on the Run, which provides executive administrative support to entrepreneurs, small business owners and home based businesses on an as-needed basis.

“Admin-On-Call was born after helplessly watching my sister’s business close on the fifth anniversary of operation because of the lack of support in ‘running’ the business. Her time to grow the business was consumed by the time needed to run the business,” Collins said.

After starting her business, Collins attended the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) NYC conference to further pursue her venture.

“It was through the knowledge gained from attending the boot camp and the connections made through networking with my fellow military entrepreneurs that I was able to find the courage to keep pushing and take my business to another level,” she said.

Collins and her husband are also investors in the real estate market as well as founders of a non-profit organization that will bring families together called A.P.A.C.T. (Active Parents and Children Together).

Collins is a 2009 Strayer University graduate with an associate’s degree in Arts Business Administration. Collins lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two sons and two dogs. Their oldest son lives in Detroit, MI with their 11 grandchildren.

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Proud to see our very own Jim Powers in the commercial (the J.D. with the adorable dog)! Congrats to +JetBlue on your 11 year winning streak!
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+Institute for Veterans and Military Families So proud of my son, James Powers!! Not only for this commercial, but for the wonderful young man he has grown to be. I am one proud Daddy!! <3
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Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek, Jennifer Kready, an Air Force veteran.

Kready was a Services Officer in the Air Force, responsible for leading airmen in food, fitness, lodging and mortuary services. After leaving the military, Kready resumed her non-profit career as her husband participated in various Army tours. While they were stationed in Germany, she was awarded the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Public Service medal for her procurement of $10,000 in subsidies for U.S. families utilizing British childcare.

In 2014, Kready decided to start a business, Kready is in the business development stages of opening Engage Cowork, the first collaborative workspace for independent professionals in Williamson County, Texas. This led to her discovery of IVMF’s Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE). Kready attended the June 2014 conference in New York City.

“I had little connection with women veterans prior to V-WISE. Afterwards, I was not only better prepared to develop my business concept, but also inspired to help more women veterans and spouses become entrepreneurs,” she said.

Kready has gone on to graduate from IVMF’s Boots to Business (B2B) and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans-Families (EBV-F). She is currently completing her Business Success Skills Certificate from the City of Austin and University of Texas at Austin.

In her free time, Kready speaks at the Capitol on behalf of legislation supporting the Texas Veterans Commission Veteran Entrepreneur Program. She holds a M.P.A. from California University and B.A.’s in History and Political Science from Arizona State University. She lives in Texas with her husband, a retired Army officer, and two miniature daschunds.
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Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero of the Week, Dan Piston.

Piston served in the U.S. Navy as a Crewchief and Rescue Swimmer. In 2009, Piston was deployed to Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2010, he deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response and then back to Manama. He returned one last time in 2012. Piston also had numerous detachments to aircraft carriers to provide search and rescue support for day and night time fixed wing practice landings.

“It was an honor to serve in the military and be part of something with a meaningful purpose. I got to learn, grow and experience things that most people will never get the opportunity to. The men and women I served with were some of the best people I have ever met and I do not think I would be who I am today without having been in the military,” Piston said.

Prior to getting out of the Navy, Piston received an Emergency Medical Technician certification, allowing him to volunteer with the Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services at Davis Corner Rescue Squad – Station #2.

Piston found that his passion involved health and upon separating from the Navy in 2013, he attended Syracuse University for Health and Exercise Science. He currently plans to apply for a Master in Public Administration.

“The transition from military to civilian was every bit as hard as the transition from civilian to military and most people do not understand it. I had to rediscover purpose in life, which I have been able to do with the help from other veterans and my family,” said Piston.

In his spare time, Piston works as a student intern at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families on the Community Engagement Team. He also coaches CrossFit at CrossFit Syracuse. He continues to volunteer as an EMT and enjoys going on adventures with his fiancé.
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Meet the IVMF staff! Dan Savage serves as a Senior Director on IVMF’s Community Engagement team, responsible for creating community-based solutions to challenges facing veterans and their families.

Savage has played a leading role in IVMF’s nation-wide study of veteran-serving nonprofit organizations published by the George W. Bush Institute, assisted in the development of the AmericaServes framework and is now leading the launch of our Onward to Opportunity program with the Schultz Family Foundation.

Savage grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He first visited Washington, DC when he was 7 and decided he wanted to join the Army.

“I was fascinated with our military and American history and became a really patriotic kid,” Savage said.

Savage enrolled at West Point in July 2001 after high school.

“We were the last class to enter West Point before 9/11 and that really shaped our time there. We all expected to spend our Army service patrolling Kosovo, but just over 2 months into our time at school, the whole world changed before our eyes. We knew immediately that all of us would eventually go to war,” he said.

Upon graduation, Savage was commissioned as an infantry officer, serving 5 years in Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt. After completing his infantry, airborne and Ranger training, he led a 46-man Stryker rifle platoon through 8 months of training and a 15-month deployment to Iraq. In Baghdad, he led his platoon on nearly 300 combat missions during “the Surge,” including the three-month Battle of Sadr City.

In 2010, Savage separated from the Army and enrolled at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to complete a master’s degree in public policy.

“I knew I was ready to move on from the Army, but I wanted to find a way to keep serving in some capacity. The work I did at Harvard eventually landed me here at IVMF and I’m grateful to have found that new outlet for service,” Savage said.
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Latest IVMF Research Brief focuses on the prevalence of suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts among military-connected youth in California. http://ow.ly/N0o2d
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Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero of the week, Sergeant First Class Nicholas Parsons.

Parsons is native to Syracuse, New York. He enlisted into the Army in 2003, only a few weeks after the invasion of Iraq.

Parsons was stationed with the 701st Main Support Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004, where he provided combat support. Upon return to Germany, he became the battalion commander’s driver.

“There is no better feeling in this life knowing that I was part of an organization that protected the freedom of my country and my family. Only a small percentage of Americans will ever have that privilege,” said Parsons.

Parsons was then assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York. He specialized in pre-deployment training and coordination of inbound soldiers to the battalion.

Parsons transitioned to recruiting in 2008, where he managed the Ithaca recruiting station and led the Mattydale Recruiting Center. After two years, he transferred to a recruiting center in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Recruiting is sometimes a thankless profession. The most rewarding part is knowing that you have changed the lives of countless young men and women who have made the selfless choice of defending America’s freedom,” he said.

Parsons received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Post University. He has been certified in hazardous material transportation, unit prevention and combat medical treatment. Parsons holds a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, an Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLC, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Campaign Stars, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal and several more. He is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Parsons lives with his wife, Crystalyn and two children in Georgetown, Kentucky.
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Meet the IVMF Staff!

Jim Powers is the Help Desk Manager at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. He provides technological support to the staff and to the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs division.

Powers also works with the Institute’s conference staff to post content on social media, create online course content and be available on-site to provide technical support to attendees.

His decision to start working for the Institute was due to the fulfilling work that the organization was doing. Powers had worked at a few of the IVMF’s conferences and had been able to see how the work that the IVMF was doing was helping veterans get started after leaving the service and in the process, making their dreams come true.

“It’s fun when the attendees treat me like the hero when I help save their PowerPoint presentation after it crashes or successfully help them log into their course content,” said Powers. “No two days here are the same and I’ve really gotten to meet a lot of amazing people.”

A native of Syracuse, Powers graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies in 2006. As an undergrad at Syracuse, he worked as a team manager for the Syracuse University’s Men’s Basketball team from 2002 to 2006. Powers was able to witness the team win the National Championship season and the net cutting at Madison Square Garden during the Big East Tournament in 2006.

Powers is currently working on a Master’s degree in Information Management from Syracuse University. He lives in Minoa, New York with his wife, two children and their new kitten.
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