National Veterans Retention Work Survey Announced

Three Wire Systems

Falls Church, VA, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Although circumstantial evidence suggests that many veterans ultimately leave their initial post-military job, the reasons behind this attrition and the ways employers can best increase retention have yet to be quantified. In order to gather the necessary data, VetAdvisor® and the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) today announced their intention to create a Veterans Retention Work Survey.

With a fall 2013 launch, the Veterans Retention Work Survey will focus on determining the reasons why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. Because this data has not been previously captured, the survey will provide insight into how organizations can best structure their veteran-centric employee programs.

"We know that veterans have longer job tenure than their non-veteran counterparts, but there are some challenges related to retention that we don't yet fully understand. Research on the causes of veteran attrition, and programs and policies that can improve retention, align with the mission of IVMF," states James Schmeling, IVMF Managing Director and Co-Founder. "IVMF develops employment-focused programs in collaboration with industry, government, NGOs and the veteran community, to address the primary economic and public policy concerns of our nation's servicemen and women such as employee retention and career development. Conducting research that informs such programs is a crucial component of our work."

IVMF is committed to forging enduring partnerships with stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families such as VetAdvisor®. As an Institute that works extensively with business and industry as well as those who partner with business and industry and veterans directly, IVMF regularly engages in research with key stakeholders.

"We're thrilled to partner with IVMF in conducting this survey of veterans and employers," says VetAdvisor® CEO Dan Frank. "Developing programs in support of veteran employees is crucial both for organizations interested in retaining the talent they have invested in recruiting, but also for enhancing the career development paths of veterans entering the workforce." This survey builds on prior work VetAdvisor® has done with Johns Hopkins University on veteran sleep issues.

The Veterans Retention Work Survey will be conducted online, with a goal of recruiting 3,000 participants. Outreach will be conducted through both traditional and social media beginning this fall.

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About VetAdvisor®: VetAdvisor® is the nation's expert in veteran-centric integrative care, providing proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. We also consult with corporate HR and management teams to teach organizations how to recruit, retain, and interface with military veterans and service members. For more information, visit

About IVMF: As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation's veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans' community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit for more information.

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