Syracuse University has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus and U.S. Navy veteran Daniel D'Aniello ('68) and his wife, Gayle, to help establish a veterans' resource center.
The gift will support construction of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), a first-of-its kind facility that will house the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), an academic institute focused on the concerns of America's more than twenty million veterans and their families. Since the institute's launch in 2011, IVMF programs have served ninety thousand transitioning service members, veterans, and military family members, with the goal of placing thirty thousand into good jobs by 2022.
In addition to IVMF, tenants of the new resource center will include the university's Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), and the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Over the next five years, NVRC aims to train and support forty thousand veterans and create four thousand jobs.
D'Aniello, who served as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971, is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Carlyle Group, a life trustee of Syracuse University, and co-chair of the IVMF advisory board.
"The work being done at Syracuse, specifically at the IVMF, is simply unrivaled," he said. "The fact is that unlike any other university, Syracuse understands and appreciates the significant contributions by [veterans and military families] and the great role [they] play in our society. This new center will allow Syracuse University to help our nation not only respond to but anticipate the unique needs of this population by helping veterans more seamlessly transition to civilian life. To say this center is a game changer in the ongoing efforts to better the post-service lives of our veterans and their families is an understatement."