Watch Army Vets J.J. Montanaro with USAA and Nicholas J Armstrong The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) has appointed Nicholas J. Armstrong, a research fellow at the University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), as an IVMF Fellow. Watch as J.J. and Nick share their stories of Service and how they and USAA and IVMF are Serving Veterans across America. Please SHARE
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Watch Army Vets J.J. Montanaro with USAA and Nicholas J Armstrong The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) has appointed Nicholas J. Armstrong, a research fellow at the University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), as an IVMF Fellow. Watch as J.J. and Nick share their stories of Service and how they and USAA and IVMF are Collaborating and Serving Veterans across America.
Army Veteran J.J. Montanaro is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner
J.J.’s daily focus has been to help families realize their goals and his advice has appeared in numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNNMoney.com, MarketWatch.com, Military Spouse Magazine, and The Washington Post.
J.J. is Helping Families with their Goals at www.usaa.com
Army Veteran Nicholas J. Armstrong – Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia Deployments
Nicholas J. Armstrong is a research fellow at the Syracuse University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), as an IVMF Fellow.
Armstrong specializes in public policy and administration, civil-military relations, defense and veterans’ policy, security cooperation and assistance and contingency contracting.
About Army Veteran J.J. Montanaro:
Joseph “J.J.” Montanaro is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He is a native of Kansas City and earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association.
Montanaro has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry as a financial planner. Prior to joining USAA in December of 2002, J.J. owned and operated an office as a financial planner.
Before entering the financial services industry, he served in the U.S. Army for six years on active duty and in 2009 he retired as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve.
J.J.’s daily focus has been to help families realize their goals and his advice has appeared in numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA
Today, CNNMoney.com, MarketWatch.com, Military Spouse Magazine, and TheWashington Post.
Outside of work, J.J. enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. His other interests include running, golf and reading.
About Army artillery officer Nicholas J. Armstrong – Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia Deployments:
Dr. Nick Armstrong is the Senior Director for Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University where he brings more than 16 years of program leadership, applied research, and evaluation experience in national security and public affairs. At IVMF, Armstrong leads a multi-disciplinary team that conducts applied research to empower government, industry, and philanthropic decision making on veteran- and family-related issues. He oversees a broad portfolio of more than a dozen projects with IVMF partners on topics including higher education, employment, entrepreneurship, human services delivery, and public policy. In addition, his team provides program evaluation, quality, and business intelligence support to the institute and its partners.
Dr. Armstrong is also an adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs at SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. There he teaches graduate courses in public organizations and management and serves as a faculty advisor for team-based MPA capstone consulting projects with external clients and the Renée Crown Honors Program. Armstrong also serves on the advisory board of the Central New York Research Corporation, which oversees the conduct of approved medical research at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Before joining the IVMF, Armstrong was a research fellow for six years at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism where he led public and privately funded projects on topics including security sector reform, wartime contracting, postwar stabilization, and disaster and community resilience. He also led the development and directed Syracuse University’s graduate-level advanced certificate program in postconflict reconstruction.
A U.S. Army veteran, Armstrong also served for eight years as a Ranger-qualified artillery officer, including nearly three years deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. Armstrong held several leadership and staff positions at the platoon, battery, and battalion levels throughout his service. He also served as speechwriter to the 10th Mountain Division’s commanding general and, previously, aide-de-camp to the division’s deputy commanding general.
His avocational pursuits include volunteering and competing in endurance events for the Syracuse chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue, a non-profit organization that enriches veterans’ lives through physical and social activity.
Armstrong received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. degrees with concentrations in public administration and national security policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and his B.S. in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In 1922, when 25 Army officers met in San Antonio, Texas, and decided to insure each other’s vehicles, they could not have imagined that their tiny organization would one day serve millions of members and become one of the only fully integrated financial services organizations in America.
We believe they would be pleased to know that USAA has remained true to their founding values of service, loyalty, honesty and integrity.
At USAA, we are passionate advocates for military members and their families. The same core values that guide our military inspire USAA employees to go above and beyond for our members each and every day.
So it should come as no surprise that our members and employees share a strong and lifelong bond based on the military experiences and values we have in common.
At USAA, we understand that bond better than anyone else. We have built a team of military leaders who deepen and strengthen that bond day in and day out. USAA’s Military Affairs team is comprised of retired officers and senior noncommissioned officers who dedicate themselves as advocates for those who are currently serving in our military, all those who have honorably served in the past and their families.
This team of professionals represents each of their services as well as the nation’s Guard and Reserve forces and are responsible for creating and sustaining relationships between USAA, our strategic partners, military leaders and military-related organizations so USAA can engage, serve and advocate for the military community. They know what it means to serve so USAA can better connect with and support our military members.
About Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF)
The IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.
Who we serve: Individuals, organizations and communities
What we do: Program development & delivery, services and research, policy & evaluation
How we do it: As an innovative, high performing, efficient and effective organization In Service to Those Who Have Served
The IVMF is committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families.
Supported by a world class advisory board and public and private partners, our professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras.
The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; and works with communities and non-profits across the nation to enhance service delivery for the 22.5 million
veterans throughout the United States and their families.
Our Future Home
Syracuse University has a historic commitment to serving veterans and their families. The IVMF is proud to be a flagship institute on the SU campus to continue this mission. The National Veterans Resource Complex will be an enduring symbol of this commitment—and our future home.
The National Veterans Resource Complex
The National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC) represents an unprecedented commitment by Syracuse University to cultivate and lead innovative academic, government, and community collaborations positioned to empower those who have served in defense of the nation.
Specifically, the NVRC will function as a bridge to forging public-private partnerships, a collaborative space to nurture academic research and actionable programming, and a forum to facilitate collaborative thought leadership – all for the purpose of advancing the social, economic, and wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and their families. Finally, the NVRC will also serve as the center of veteran life on the campus of Syracuse University, in the local community, and across Central New York.
A multi-use facility, the NVRC will serve to anchor the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) as a Central New York/Syracuse University institution, thus ensuring that the jobs and federal/private-industry funding currently directed to the IVMF and SU’s other military- and veteran connected programs continues to support the economic engine of the Syracuse community, the region and Syracuse University.
Additionally, the NVRC will house state-of-the-art vocational and educational programs designed to advance the economic success of the region’s and the nation’s veterans and military families. This site will serve as an incubator through which to seed, nurture, and coordinate veteran-connected academic research and technology commercialization consistent with the goals of Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan – across the full breadth of the Syracuse University research enterprise – in a synergistic and strategic program of effort.
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