Syracuse is known for its environmental activism, having cleaned up one of the most polluted lakes in the world, but it will likely be remembered for another type of sustainability: a kind of social climate change. That change is being enacted by military veterans who are easing the transition back to civilian life for their brothers and sisters-in-arms. Many veterans lose their support network when they leave service. Harnessing the power of supportive connections is timely and important if veterans are to thrive in a civilian-centered world. Service members are re-entering civilian spaces in Syracuse with skills that make them 'sustainable leaders.' The health of a society can be improved by any community member positively connected, selflessly ambitious, and generously knowledgeable -- enough to serve others.
"The IVMF has national reach which will of course trickle down to local Vets indirectly...what they do can ultimately affect our community" Earl Fontenot
The IVMF shares its supportive social connections with other veteran service organizations, like Team RWB and SVA, because each offers unique programs of opportunity to veterans. There is no room for competition in this socially supportive, national network, only collaborative teamwork and partnerships exist among these sustainable leaders.
The NVRC is a symbol of opportunity for veterans who return home to assess their "separated" quality of life.
"Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored." Abraham Lincoln, 1838