The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored D’Aniello with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Nonprofit Leadership Award at the 12th Lee Anderson Hire Our Hero Awards Gala last week in Washington, D.C.
This prestigious award is presented to a nonprofit organization committed to supporting employment and economic opportunities for veterans and military spouses. Hire Our Heroes is a national initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitional service members, military spouses and caregivers find meaningful work.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the IVMF, and most importantly, the dedicated individuals who make up the D’Aniello Institute team. I am immensely proud of this committed and talented team who work hard every day to serve our staff, Veterans and military families create the conditions necessary to thrive in every aspect of their post-retirement life,” said Deputy Commissioner J. Michael Haynie, Premier for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families Founder and Executive Director. “IVMF and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hire Us Heroes program share common goals and shared values, and I look forward to our continued collaboration. I am very grateful to them and all of our strategic partners for their commitment to the IVMF mission and the people we serve firm support.”
In addition, at another event in Washington, DC, Haynie and IVMF’s managing director of research and data Nick Armstrong G’08, G’14 received personal recognition for being named to the HillVets100 list.
HillVets100 is an annual list of America’s most influential veterans, service members and veterans community advocates, representing the best in the veterans community. HillVets is a community of veterans, service members and their supporters interested in governance, international affairs, policy and politics. They work hard to open doors for members and provide them with connections, education and resources to continue positive professional development. While both Haynie and Armstrong made the list in 2020, this year marks the first time HillVets has been able to safely host an awards show since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Haney is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a valued voice for the veterans community; he created the Disabled Veterans Entrepreneurship Bootcamp program in 2006, which provides free training to injured veterans who have recently become or intend to become entrepreneurs. The IVMF was established under his leadership in 2011, and the organization has steadily grown in both capacity and influence since then.
Haney frequently testifies before Congress on policy issues affecting veterans. He also spearheaded transformation and reform within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor after being selected twice by the Obama administration to chair federal advisory committees on the subject.
Armstrong, a U.S. Army veteran, came to Syracuse University to pursue a Ph.D. From the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. An alumnus of Syracuse University and West Point, Armstrong directs IVMF’s broad social science and policy research, program evaluation, and data analysis programs.
Under his leadership, the IVMF was responsible for more than 30 percent of externally funded research and program funding generated by Syracuse University’s academic enterprise in 2019. He also co-led the development and launch of the Veterans Political and Civic Engagement Program. In partnership with the Maxwell School, a newer program created to create pathways for veterans seeking careers in public service or elected office.