Syracuse University gets $20M gift for veterans center

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Syracuse University has received a $20 million gift to help pay for its National Veterans Resource Center at the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues.

The donation from Daniel D’Aniello, a 1968 SU graduate, and his wife, Gayle, is one of the single largest gifts in SU’s history.

D’Aniello is co-founder and chairman emeritus of The Carlyle Group. He served as a supply officer in the US Navy from 1968 to 1971. He went on to earn a graduate degree from the Harvard Business School.

The National Veterans Resource Center, expected to open in 2020, will house the Institute for Veterans and Military families, which offers educational, vocational and community engagement programs for veterans. The center has pledged to place 30,000 veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses into desirable jobs by 2022. Construction on the center began last month.

The total project is estimated to cost $62.5 million.

“The commitment that Dan and Gayle D’Aniello have made to Syracuse University, to our students, to our faculty and to our veterans will have a tremendous impact on our University for generations to come,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a prepared statement.

By James T. Mulder, Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

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