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Syracuse University to Establish Institute for Veterans, Military Families

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  • June 8, 2011
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Syracuse University (SU) will create a first-of-its-kind national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues affecting veterans and their families, the school announced Wednesday along with partner JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase will spend $7.5 million over the next five years to support the launch and growth of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. The institute will provide analysis of the challenges facing veterans, capture best practices and encourage new partnerships between individuals and organizations through educational programming, employment and research.

“Universities can play a critical role in forging cross-sector partnerships to support our veterans and their families,” said SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “In today’s global knowledge economy, it’s critical for higher education to help empower returning veterans to leverage their talents and not only prosper, but spur economic opportunity with their entrepreneurial spirit.”

Creation of the institute builds upon the successful technology collaboration launched by SU and JPMorgan Chase in 2007. In February 2011, JPMorgan Chase and SU announced the launch of a new online technology certificate for post 9/11 veterans who are pursuing a career in technology. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is a groundbreaking and nationally recognized program founded at SU in 2007 that trains veterans in entrepreneurship and small business.

“We will look to the institute to conduct actionable research into all aspects of a veteran’s transition from the military to post-service life,” said Tom Higgins, head of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase.

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