Serving alongside the service member, perspective from military spouses

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Military spouses are an important part of the military lifestyle. Listen to Josie Beets and Yvonne Coombes talk about serving along side their military spouse.

MFRI director and staff member presented with honors

The director of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University and an MFRI staff member both received awards for engagement.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director, and Keara Ludiker, MFRI education and employment program specialist, each received the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Engagement Award on April 26.

MacDermid Wadsworth received the faculty award and Ludiker received the staff award.

Keara Ludiker and Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth receiving the Purdue HHS engagement awardThe purpose of this annual award is to recognize faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in engagement activities that have positively impacted the stakeholders of the College of Health and Human Sciences by addressing matters affecting the health, behavior and quality of life of people.

On April 23, MacDermid Wadsworth also received the Purdue Faculty Engagement Fellow Award.

This award is presented to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the scholarship of engagement. This award embodies the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through intensive community interaction and partnership culminating in document community impact.  

All three awards are nomination based.

About MFRI

The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University conducts research on issues that affect military and veteran families and works to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being. Founded in 2000, MFRI envisions a diverse support community that understands the most pressing needs of military and veteran families. To achieve this, MFRI collaborates to create meaningful solutions for them. This internationally-recognized organization is located at Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Operation ME logo contest submission now open

If you are a youth in sixth to 12th grade, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University invites you to compete in a logo contest for its latest research study, which focuses on military adolescents. Parental permission is required. You don’t have to be a military child to submit a design, and your parent does not need to still be serving.

Best of all, if you are the winner, you and your parent or guardian will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., among other prizes.

The winning logo will be used on materials for Operation Military Experience (Operation ME), a study focused on learning more about adolescents whose parent(s) deployed while they were ages six or younger. 

All logo submissions must be 600 DPI (dots per inch) and include the color purple. Purple represents all branches of the military.

The top four runners up will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card. The winner and one parent or guardian will receive transportation and lodging* for a 4-day, 3-night trip to Washington, D.C. in time for the July 24, 2019 award presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition’s National Training Seminar. The winner will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The award will be presented July 24 at a distinguished lecture given by MFRI Director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Submissions are due June 17 at midnight. For details and to submit a design, visit

*Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

Helping military and veteran families now and tomorrow

Patty Barron, director of the Family Readiness at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) focuses on helping military and veteran families now and tomorrow. Listen to what she says about how AUSA strives to improve the lives of military families.