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IVMF and Bob Woodruff Foundation collaborate to send post-9/11 service-disabled vets to 2012 National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo

Jun 13, 2012

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation announce a strategic partnership to assist post-9/11 service-disabled veterans in attending the 2012 National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo June 26-29 in Detroit, Mich.

Woodruff FoundationThe partnership will allow veterans to apply for grants that will cover conference admission fees, lodging and transportation to promote entrepreneurship and small-business ownership in the veteran community. Conference grants and applications will be administered through the IVMF and its national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Qualified applicants must be post-9/11 service-disabled veterans who own, or aspire to own, a small business. Grants are awarded on a first-received basis. Those interested can apply here.

“The IVMF is excited to enter into this new partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to further our mission of training veteran entrepreneurs and supporting veterans and military families,” says Raymond Toenniessen, IVMF founding director of operations and development. “Given the foundation’s resources and support, this collaboration is a perfect match that will further benefit our nation’s service members as they return to civilian life.”

“This investment is the beginning of a promising partnership with the IVMF.  Facilitating meaningful activity for injured service members and their families through employment, education and entrepreneurship is at the forefront of our investment priorities at the Bob Woodruff Foundation. We support the innovative leadership of the IVMF and look forward to the long-term impact of the conference,” says Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the national nonprofit that helps ensure our nation’s injured service members, veterans and their families return to a home front ready to support them. BWF provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically. Through a public education movement called, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war—especially the one in five service members who have sustained hidden injuries such as traumatic brain injury and combat stress, including post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety—and empowers communities nationwide to take action. Across the country, BWF collaborates with other organizations and experts to identify and solve issues related to the return of service members from combat to civilian life and invests in programs that connect our troops to the help they need—from individual needs like physical accommodations, job training, financial counseling, to larger social issues like homelessness and suicide. The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested nearly 11 million, impacting more than 1,000,000 service members, support personnel, veterans and their families nationwide. For more information, visit