Cover photo
Verified name
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
132,145 followers|1,515,437 views


Barbara Purdy's profile photo
Yes go Syracuse and also hope many businesses in every state eventually we found a restaurant with inside outside eating best wings a retired Army owner I will support our military businesses 
Add a comment...
Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero, Major Charlie Lewis.

Lewis is an assistant professor and the Executive Officer of the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer after graduating from West Point in 2004.

“I learned quickly that what makes West Point great are the people, which is why I wanted to come back and teach,” he said.

Lewis served in a variety of positions with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, including Fire Support Officer and Company Commander. He was with the Leader Rakkasans in Bayji, Iraq as a Fire Support Officer in 2005.

“The variety of missions not only made life interesting, but it also provide intellectual challenges that required me to rely on my West Point education and those around me,” Lewis said.

Lewis then moved to the Red Knight Rakkasans to serve as a Battery Executive Officer at Fort Campbell and in Lutifiyah, Iraq in 2006.

“Living amongst the Iraqi population made you feel more vested in the success of the country,” he said.

In 2008, Lewis took command of the Red Knights' Forward Support Company in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. There, he focused on a Military Transition Team with Iraqi forces and providing support to 900 personnel and two patrol bases on a Forward Operating Base.

Lewis attended the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning his Master in Public Policy. In 2012, Charlie arrived back at West Point to teach American Politics.

“This opportunity, from interacting with students at Harvard to teaching future leaders in the Army, is a privilege,” said Lewis.

Lewis holds a Bronze Star (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal, a Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Pathfinder badge, Airborne wings, Air Assault wings and the Combat Diver badge.

Lewis is married Marie Lewis, also a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Jason Dodge's profile photo
Add a comment...
Meet the staff members of the IVMF team!

Kimberly Keller is an academic advisor for the Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. She works with transitioning active duty servicemembers, veterans and their spouses who are looking to start new careers in the civilian sector.

“I am honored to be able to support our transitioning active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families as they venture onto a new path after so proudly serving our country,” Keller said.

Keller has spent several years working for a financial institution prior to joining IVMF. She has also previously held the position of Enrollment Advisor with a four-year institution in Tennessee. There, she learned that her true passion was helping others.

Keller says she is proud to be at IVMF, as the organization is committed to supporting those who have sacrificed so much for the protection and livelihood of others.

“I truly love what I do and I am so grateful to be a part of such a motivating and inspiring team,” she said.

This is a job that hits home for Keller. Her husband served in the Army as a field artillery officer from 2009 until 2014.

“When his service commitment was up, we learned firsthand what a difficult and humbling experience it can be for a servicemember to seek out and accept their next job, for some their first job, outside of the military,” Keller said.

Keller says IVMF is an organization that puts our nation’s veterans and their families as its top priority, something she appreciates as a transitioning Army family.

Kimberly Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband and their dog.
sherry cleland's profile photoJason Dodge's profile photo
Add a comment...
Saint Joseph’s University Joins Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Consortium of Schools, Welcome SJU!
SJU joins national consortium of world-class schools offering entrepreneurship and small business management training to post 9/11 veterans. EBV-Logo-(no-small-text---transparent) The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), an entrepreneurial and small business education ...
Add a comment...
IVMF’s Dr. Mike Haynie and IVMF Board Member Richard Jones will be holding a reception and discussion on Monday, April 27th at 6pm in NYC titled ‘Syracuse University and America’s Veterans: An Enduring Commitment, a Historic Legacy’. Interested? RSVP now to,-a-historic-legacy.html
Jonathan Cianfaglione's profile photoInstitute for Veterans and Military Families's profile photo
Yup! Sorry about that! April 27th it is!
Add a comment...
Happy National Small Business Week! Is your personality suited for entrepreneurship? Check out
characteristics & skills often associated w/successful entrepreneurs: ‪#‎DreamSmallBiz‬
Add a comment...
Meet IVMF’s Hometown Hero of the Week, Darrin Capriotti.

Capriotti is a recent Marine Veteran who was Honorably Discharged at the end of February 2015. Capriotti was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Warlords.

“I can look back on how much the military and the Marine Corps changed my life for the good. If I could do it all again, I would in a heartbeat,” said Capriotti.

In 2008, he was deployed to Iraq, serving the areas of Rawah and Al Qaim. There, he helped deliver supplies to infantrymen and drove a seven-ton convo vehicle.

Capriotti remembers spending his very little free time on deployments doing maintenance on his vehicle, playing Spades, cleaning his rifle and working out in the solders’ homemade gym.

Upon arrival back to the United States, Capriotti was sent to Fort Leonard Wood for a training course on vehicle recovery. There, he received the Meritorious Mast Award for mentoring Vehicle Operators Course Students.

Capriotti was deployed a second time in 2009 to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. There, he spent time on a 50 Cal Gunner and a MK36 Wrecker to recover vehicles hit with IEDs and those that had broken down.

“On my 21st birthday in Afghanistan, our convoy was heading back from a long mission and the vehicle in front of mine was hit by a 20 lb IED, blowing off the left front tire. It was the loudest thing I have ever heard in my life,” Capriotti remembers.

Capriotti now works as the supervisor for the security department at a Rite Aid Distribution Center. In his free time, he spends time on physical fitness and with family and friends.
Patricia Cooley-Longo's profile photoHoltz Saddle Company's profile photoJason Dodge's profile photoDean Tolentino's profile photo
:-) Much Love & Thank You For Your Service :-) Are Heroes :-) 
Add a comment...
Congrats to Veteran Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)​, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities​ and Operation Boots to Business​ for getting mentioned as resources for veteran business owners in the April edition of the Disability Connection newsletter, "10 Things to Know about Becoming an Entrepreneur" – take a look:
Add a comment...
Meet IVMF’s Student of the Week, Sergeant First Class Victoria Buggs, a 19-year Army veteran.

Buggs was deployed in 2006 to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There, she worked on the Casualty Liaison team, offering administrative and medical support. Buggs was deployed again in 2010 to Baghdad International Airport, where she provided contractor officer representative support to the Military Postal Service Agency and USPS.

Buggs is a Certified CPR instructor with over 17 years of experience. This led her to become a registered nurse in 2009. She is currently in the starting phases of an entrepreneurial venture.

Buggs attended the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program. This three-day seminar for female veterans and military spouses is offered free of charge for budding entrepreneurs.

“I learned that I was not alone on my journey and I have the support of a group of outstanding women. These women were like me, trying to accomplish the same things. I felt like I was at home while in their presence,” said Buggs.

Buggs has founded The Center for Health Educators and Safety Specialists. The company offers a variety of health promotion and safety related courses.

“We offer expert knowledge and motivation to educate the community on health and wellness, as well as proper lifesaving techniques,” she said.

Buggs holds a Master’s in Public Health from Trident University, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Howard University and a Bachelor’s of Health Science from Tourou University International. She is currently a Doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University studying Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in behavior.

In her spare time, Buggs enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, shopping and reading.
Add a comment...
Get to know the IVMF Staff! Meet Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, the Director of Special Events and Conferences at The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Brooks-Rolling manages and oversees conferences for IVMF programs such as Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F).

“I had no clue that two of my husband’s uncles served as Paratroopers in The Korean War until I read their obituaries. During their funerals—as well as that of my father-in-law—military honors were conducted graveside by two members of the armed services,” Brooks-Rolling said. “The carefulness and precision with which they folded and gave the U.S. flag to the widows or closest surviving relative, along with the playing of Taps, was something that I’ll never forget.”

Before working for IVMF, Brooks-Rolling previously helped coordinate the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as organized events for Fortune Magazine and the New York Stock Exchange. She has also worked for the New York City Office of the Mayor as a senior events coordinator to plan the Yankees Ticker Tape parades, as well as other ceremonies and events. She holds a certificate in conference management from the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Administration at New York University.

Brooks-Rolling holds a dual bachelor's degree in marketing and political science from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. She was an awardee of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, paving the way to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also an alumna of the Whitman School of Management's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and sits on several local board of directors.
Gene Wu's profile photoJason Dodge's profile photo
Gene Wu
Here we go, putting civilians in key positions within an organization that was supposedly designed to help military veterans. This is how the "WWP syndrome" begins. 
Add a comment...
SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, visits IVMF to announce that the SBA’s Boots to Business program has now trained 25,000 transitioning service members. Contreras-Sweet also held a roundtable discussion with IVMF program managers, instructors and graduates to discuss their experiences and to ask how the SBA can improve the programs it offers to veterans.
Maria Contreras-Sweet speaks at Whitman School's WISE Conference and visits IVMF. Contreras_Sweet Maria Contreras-Sweet, the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Obama's Cabinet, traveled to Syracuse University yesterday to serve as the ...
Add a comment...
Have them in circles
132,145 people
Jack Sucks's profile photo
John STALLONE's profile photo
mohammad reza Sharifi's profile photo
Jessika Shumway's profile photo
Cynthia Jacob's profile photo
Mary Schultz's profile photo
Abraham Link's profile photo
Christian Spenny's profile photo
ang vf's profile photo
Contact Information
Contact info
INSTITUTE FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES Syracuse University 150 Crouse Drive Syracuse, NY 13244