‘Let’s Be the Best University for Vets, Period’

The Nov. 3 dedication of the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building, home of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) at Syracuse University, was a tribute to the past, a celebration of the present and a promise for the future to military veterans and their families.

The event at the K.G. Tan Auditorium at the NVRC recognized the 10-year anniversary of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which has served more than 160,000 veterans and their families and is now located in the NVRC.

After a delay of more than a year due to the pandemic, the dedication also marked the official grand opening of a spectacular building that serves as a center of research, innovation and programming in support of our nation’s veterans; acts as a community hub for student veterans and the entire campus; and advances the economic and wellness concerns of the nations’ veterans and their families.

And perhaps most importantly, the event reconfirmed Chancellor Kent Syverud’s commitment that Syracuse will be the best university in the country for veterans and their families.

“So, what is next?” Chancellor Syverud asked. “What is our vision for the next 10 years, for IVMF, for OVMA (Office of Veteran and Military Affairs), and for Syracuse? In 2031, let’s not be the best private university for veterans and military-connected service members and their families, let’s be simply the best university of any kind for those who are serving or have served. Let’s be the best university for vets, period. I think we can do this. If you doubt this, look around. Look what you have already achieved.”