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U.S. Senator briefed by MFRI leaders

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Purdue University on Monday (April 14) to discuss service members' transitions, and learn how research and outreach can make a difference for military and veteran families.

Members of the MFRI leadership team briefed Donnelly these and other salient issues related to military and veteran families.

“We are just seeing the very tip of all the transition issues that are going to be coming up with families,” Donnelly told the media after meeting with Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “President Daniels and the Purdue team has helped to expand the Military Family Research Institute, which we think is the best of its kind in the nation. What it’s doing is at a very critical time, when so many men and women are coming back to their families.”

Donnelly also told members of the media that he wants Purdue to be recognized as a national center for missile defense research.

“It’s a very, very critical mission and there’s not a lot of places that have the engineering skills and engineering talents to do this kind of work,” Donnelly said. “This is one of those places."

  •  Posted on April 15, 2014

Purple Up! for Military Kids

On Tuesday, April 15, make sure to Purple Up! for military kids by wearing purple to show your support. Why purple? It’s the color that represents all branches of the military. New Hampshire Operation: Military Kids began Purple Up! Day, and it soon spread across the nation. This year, join Operation Military Kids, MFRI and our partners to Purple Up! in celebration of military children.

View our series of How to Help Military and Veteran Families issues to learn more about how you can show your appreciation for the more than 1.7 million military kids in this country -- and their parents.

  •  Posted on April 14, 2014

MFRI to present during Army OneSource training

MFRI will present evidence-based information about the keys to building resilience in upcoming webinar sponsored by Army OneSource. Moderated by Rand Corporation Policy Researcher Lauri Martin, Sc.D., M.P.H., the training will be held Wednesday, April 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT.

Attendees will gain information about building resilience from subject matter experts who present ways for family members to learn and practice key skills. These skills aim to support resilience and recovery in the wake of the many challenges facing military families. Included in the training will be information on current research on evidence-based approaches to building resilience; resilience program case studies; factors that foster psychological resilience; and methodologies that promote resilience.

“This webinar will help providers learn about issues that are relevant to military and veteran families," said MFRI Outreach Specialist Christy Flynn. "Purdue Professor Steve Wilson, an MFRI faculty partner and expert on interpersonal and family communication, will join me and presenters from the University of Michigan and UCLA. We are grateful for Army OneSource for hosting this event.”

To register, visit the Army OneSource registration site.

  •  Posted on April 9, 2014

Help us learn more about military couples

George Mason UniversityMarried/co-habiting couples age 18 or older in which the male member is an active-duty military service member or veteran and the female member is a civilian are eligible for a study of military couples’ day-to-day functioning. Both spouses/partners and service members fill out questionnaires online (25-35 minutes), then complete nightly surveys for 14 days (between 3-5 minutes each time.) Couples are paid up to $125 for participating!

This study is run by the Anxiety, Stress, & Relationships Lab at George Mason University, under the direction of Sarah Campbell, M.A. and Keith Renshaw, Ph.D.

This study has been approved through the George Mason University Office of Research Integrity and Assurance. For more information:; or 703-993-5662. Please reference “Diary Study” when you call or email. Thank you!

  •  Posted on April 9, 2014

Making an impact to move Purdue forward

As members of the Purdue family, collectively we work hard every day to move our great University forward. Just as our daily efforts make a difference, so can our monetary support on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — our first ever Purdue Day of Giving!

On that day, from 12:01 a.m. EDT until midnight EDT, the entire Purdue community — faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends — will come together as a digital village to grant opportunity, launch dreams and achieve greatness for our University. We hope you will consider sharing this message, and giving to MFRI.

Purdue Day of Giving features both online and campus events, in addition to exciting competitions among all 43 participating units, including the Military Family Research Institute. You can make an impact. Your passion and your participation are key. Simply give to the area(s) that means the most to you to participate in exciting matching challenges that make your gift go even further.

So show your Purdue pride! Give back. Pay it forward. Share the message of Purdue Day of Giving.

With your help, we can tell all students with great promise and great ideas: "opportunity granted."

To learn more about Purdue Day of Giving, visit or read the news release.

  •  Posted on April 2, 2014

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