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IVMF Digital Library: IVMF Terminology

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The IVMF and its works use terminology specific to veterans and military families. We have provided a list of some commonly used terms and their respective definitions.

General IVMF Terminology

Civilian: Anyone not on active duty in the armed services (Merriam-Webster).

Department of Defense (DOD): The United States Department of Defense is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces (U.S. Dept. of Defense).

IVMF: The Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Service-connected Disability (SCD): A disability that resulted from or was aggravated by an injury or illness while the Veteran or Servicemember was serving on active duty in the military (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). 

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB): A company diversity registration which designates that a company is owned and operated by a veteran who suffered a disability while in the military service (U.S. Small Business Association).

Social Entrepreneurship: An approach by individuals, groups, start-up companies or entrepreneurs, in which they develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues (Montclair State).

Transferrable Skills: Reasonably developed skills, knowledge, and abilities attained through training and experience (civilian and military) that relate to current employment opportunities in the labor market (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The U.S. Small Business Administration is a United States government agency charged with aiding, counseling, and protecting the interests of American small businesses (Encyclopedia).

Veteran: A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable (Cornell Law School).

Veteran Owned Business (VOB): A business in which at least 51 percent of the business must be directly and unconditionally owned by one or more veteran(s) or service-disabled veteran(s) (Suarez). 

Veteran Service Organization (VSO): Private non-profit groups that advocate on behalf of Veterans and provide veteran-specific resources (MilitaryBenefits).

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE): A training program in entrepreneurship and small business management. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners learn the business skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture (IVMF).  

Veterans Strategic Analysis & Research Tool (V-START): An invaluable data visualization tool that consolidates veteran demographic, education, socioeconomic, and unemployment data into a user-friendly interface that allows users to quickly analyze and explore geographic areas of interest to uncover trends and inform decisions related to veteran programs and services (IVMF).

VetNet: A free, convenient online-based webinar program geared to educate and advocate for veterans and military families (IVMF).

Vetrepreneur: A military veteran who organizes and manages a business enterprise (Holmen)