Student seeks research participants

Kimberly Speck, a military student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is seeking participants for a research study addressing questions about parenting and the impact of deployment, mood and marital satisfaction. Participants must have children age 12-18 and be able to complete an online questionnaire. This study has been approved by the […]

White House launches military family-support initiative

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched a national initiative on Tuesday,calling on all sectors of society to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The initiative is intended to educate, challenge and spark action among citizens, communities, businesses,nonprofits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations and the […]

MFRI Director honored for her advancement of women

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, associate dean for discovery and learning in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and director of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), is the recipient of Purdue University’s 2011 Violet Haas Award. Established in 1990, the Violet Haas Award recognizes individuals, programs or departments at Purdue that have effectively facilitated the […]

Government still seeking to give away stop-loss pay

President Barack Obama has approved an extension of a continuing resolution that gives service members and veterans until April 8 to file for ‘stop-loss’ funds if their service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009. Find out if you are eligible at the Department of Defense website.

MFRI Director discusses military families' challenges, resiliency

 Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth spoke to Illinois Public Media about the many ways military families respond to the challenges they face during deployments, the creativity that they exhibit, and the things they can teach us about adaptation and family resilience.

MFRI initiative awards $9,400 to student veteran organizations

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University awarded more than $9,400 to six Indiana student veterans' organizations, including one that replicated a football rivalry event that raised more than $2,700 for a veterans' charity. The grants ranged from $685 to $2,000 and were awarded through MFRI's Operation Diploma. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Operation […]

President vows more support for military families

Flanked by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, President Obama on Monday revealed an ambitious push to increase support for military families in a speech before about 100 invited guests, including Cabinet members, top military members and their spouses, and MFRI director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth. Obama spoke in the East […]

Institute efforts highlighted

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of the Military Family Research Institute, discussed the organization’s ongoing work on behalf of military families — active-duty, Guard, Reserve and veterans — during the 3rd Annual Trauma Spectrum conference held Dec. 7-8 in Bethesda, Md.. Presented by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the […]

MFRI Advisory Council member stands up for military families

Holly Petraeus has worked for the Better Business Bureau since 2004. The wife of Gen. David Petraeus, who is also a MFRI advisory council member, offers sage advice on how military families can protect themselves from scams in a recent edition of USAA Magazine. Read the full article here.