A three-year $500,000 ICE NYSE Foundation grant that started in 2015 demonstrates our company’s support for military families and veterans. The funds were donated to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), which designated ICE as an IVMF One-Star Corporate Partner
The IVMF and its staff of more than 50 professionals deliver programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training, providing service members, veterans and their families with the skills needed to be successful in education, work and life. The IVMF also coordinates comprehensive impact strategies and works with communities and non-profits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. Programs on career preparation and employment help veterans navigate the transition to civilian employment. The company’s grant will assist in the growth of existing education and employment programming and seed development of new programs, initiatives and publications.
“We are extremely grateful to Intercontinental Exchange and the Foundation for their support as an IVMF Corporate Partner,” said Mike Haynie, IVMF executive director and founder. “The partnership we have forged will strengthen our ability to provide state-of-the-art programming and resources to serve those who have served our country in uniform.”
The Syracuse University Veterans’ Resource Center, housed at University College, provides services that student veterans need as they pursue higher education from recruitment to degree completion. GI Bill certifying officials work directly with student veterans to assist them with GI Bill and VA requirements, including rehabilitation benefits. A focused newsletter, prepared for and by SU student veterans, keeps them informed of important news and events.
“Syracuse University is dedicated to being the best place for veterans,” says Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud. “This generous grant to, and sustained support of, the IVMF from Intercontinental Exchange will help us to strengthen the education and resource initiatives already in place, and help us develop new ways to help our veterans be successful in their post-service lives.”
ICE is committed to employing military veterans throughout its organization, and the New York Stock Exchange honors active and retired military through their participation in ringing the iconic Opening® and Closing® Bell. Annually, the NYSE welcomes the U.S. Medal of Honor recipients and guests of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. On March 29, 2016, more than 29 Medal of Honor recipients attended the Closing Bell and in honor of our veterans, Florent Groberg, Captain, U.S. Army, will ring the NYSE Closing Bell.
"We are especially honored to maintain affiliations with groups that offer opportunities and assistance to U.S. veterans, and we are pleased to partner with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families,” said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. “This is a holistic, results-oriented program that serves the professional and personal needs of veterans and their families at the advocacy level and in the communities where they live.”