Both the IVMF and Office of Veterans and Military Affairs (OVMA) teams visited the NVRC worksite recently to check out the progress of what will be their future home in 2020 – and will be the national convening space for academic, government and community collaboration in support of those who served.
The first-ever drone flyover of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) occurred on Monday, Feb. 26, thanks to a local veteran-owned business hired to chronicle the historic beginnings of the building slated to open in spring of 2020. Army veteran Todd Torrance, the owner of ZeroPoint Aerial, launched and operated the drone flyover showcasing early scenes from the construction site.
Generosity of U.S. Navy veteran Daniel D’Aniello ‘68 and his wife, Gayle, positions Syracuse University to help nation transform service to and support of veterans and military families
Syracuse University, home to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), today announced a $20 million gift from U.S. Navy veteran and Life Trustee Daniel D’Aniello ’68 and his wife, Gayle. This gift, one of the single largest gifts in University history, will support construction of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), a first-of-its-kind facility that will house the IVMF, the nation’s leading academic institute focused on the concerns of America’s more than 20 million veterans and their families as well as other veteran-focused educational, vocational and community engagement programs. The NVRC will open in spring 2020.
Daniel (Dan) MacDonald, Marine Corps Veteran and owner of MacDonald Engineering is the first veteran to be hired to work on the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC). Syracuse University Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie stated that “it’s as it should be, that the first person hired on the NVRC construction was a veteran, because it represents our commitment to support and empower this community, the veteran and military-connected community.” MacDonald is working as a land surveyor on the future site of the National Veterans Resource Center. He states that there has never been a project he has been more proud to work on. On the university’s commitment to veterans, MacDonald believes that “this speaks volumes … you don’t put up a multi-million dollar building if you’re not committed.”