The Institute for Veterans and Military Families announced today that their Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program has received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit veteran service organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The grant will expand the IVMF’s ability to provide scholarships to attend one of the eight EBV programs in the EBV Consortium of Universities as well as the Annual EBV National Training and Alumni Conference.
EBV is widely acclaimed as the premier entrepreneurship training program for injured veterans and military family members in the nation, has been recognized as a “National Best Practice” by the Department of the Army for serving Soldiers and their families, and received the McGraw-Hill Award from the Academy of Management for the most innovative entrepreneurship program implemented by U.S. business schools in 2010. In 2011, Inc. Magazine named the EBV program as one of the “10-Best” entrepreneurship programs in the U.S.
The EBV was founded at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007 and is operated by the university’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). A national consortium consisting of a network of eight world-class schools offers the EBV nationwide, through programs at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles; the College of Business at Florida State University; the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; the School of Business at the University of Connecticut; the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University; and the EBV’s first specialty program in hospitality at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
“The WWP grant program allows us to support the good work and expertise of a broad spectrum of organizations that are dedicated to meeting the needs of injured service members,” said Steven Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project. “We are very proud of the collaboration and commitment that the grant program fosters to help ensure this generation of injured service members is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”
In this second year of operation, the WWP Grants Program continues to work with organizations that provide injured service members with unique, specialized programs and services, often in remote service areas. During two review cycles each year, WWP carefully selects the grant recipients, and to-date has provided support to over 70 organizations nationwide.
It is estimated that over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Programs like the IVMF’s EBV serve this cohort of veterans by helping them build their own future through the path of entrepreneurship.
About The IVMF
The IVMF is the first national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.