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Today's your chance

Today's the day to grant opportunities and make a difference not just for Purdue University students, but for military and veteran families. You can double your impact when you give to MFRI, since donations up to $250,000 will be matched through the generousity of Purdue University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the College of Health and Human Sciences and Office of the Provost.

To support research with impact, give by choosing "The Military Family Research Institute" on the Purdue Day of Giving website. We're located in the College of Health and Human Sciences, which has its own donation page. Just choose our unit name in the dropdown menu. Thank you for your support of military and veteran families, and the research that helps to guide policies, practices and programs that impact their lives!

  •  Posted on April 27, 2016

Join us for Purdue Day of Giving

On Wednesday, April 27, MFRI will join with the entire Purdue University family to participate in the 3rd annual Purdue Day of Giving.  For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends come together to grant opportunities and transform lives. And for the second year in a row, MFRI supporters will have an opportunity to double their impact.

Last year, thanks to the incredible generosity of the Purdue family, Purdue Day of Giving raised an incredible $13.7 million in just 24 hours, granting countless opportunities  for our community.

If you choose to contribute to MFRI, every dollar (up to $250,000) is matched by Purdue University, thanks to a generous contribution from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the College of Health and Human Sciences and the Office of the Provost. You can make your contribution by visiting the College of Health and Human Science's section of the Day of Giving site on April 27. Select "The Military Family Research Insititute" from the dropdown box on the right.

You can also support MFRI by joining the social media conversation and telling others about this event. Tag @MFRIPurdue and use #PurdueDayofGiving to engage with us. Thank you for all you do for military and veteran families!

  •  Posted on April 25, 2016

Happy Month of the Military Child

MFRI is celebrating the 2016 Month of the Military Child, and we invite you to join us in honoring the youngest of our nation's heroes. You can show your support for military kids by wearing purple. 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.

Approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old, are contributing to our national security through the sacrifices that they make. They may endure separation from a deployed parent, and they move more often than their peers. About 1.3 million military children are school-aged. 

How can you help? View our series of How to Help Military and Veteran Families issues to learn more about how you can show your appreciation for the military kids in this country -- and their parents. They deserve our support every day!

  •  Posted on April 1, 2016

JCFI announces 2016 priorities

INDIANAPOLIS - Joining Community Forces Indiana announced its 2016 priorities today focusing on a range of issues to serve Indiana military members, veterans and their families. JCFI will focus efforts on suicide prevention, financial literacy, employment and legal assistance in the coming year.

In 2015, based on feedback from organizations around the state, and review of the existing academic literature, working groups were established to focus specifically on previously identified areas of need for Indiana veterans. These working groups will spearhead efforts throughout 2016 including:

  • Financial Literacy - Collaboration with ArmyOneSource, Military Family Life Consultants, YMCA, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Vectren Energy and others to provide financial planning resources and expertise to military families. Additionally, Regions Bank will have military specific information in six of their existing financial literacy modules and will be better able to serve this population. The committee is also working to identify other financial institutions to create similar efforts.
  • Employment - Centralize and publicize the many programs and organizations available to assist veterans and service members with securing and maintaining employment opportunities and work with companies across the state eager to hire qualified personnel.

"The care, support and welfare of our veterans, service members and their families are top priorities for JCFI," said Col. John Seprodi, the Indiana National Guard civil military affairs director. "The 2015 financial and employment working group initiatives are a huge success bringing increased employment opportunities and a surge in providing financial literacy. JCFI's 2016 initiatives bring an added focus through behavioral health and legal services which will support our veterans and families in a way that can positively impact their lives."

Additionally, JCFI has created two new working groups to focus on suicide prevention and legal assistance. These groups will meet early this year to establish goals and priorities for these efforts.

JCFI is an ongoing partnership between the Indiana National Guard, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  It was established in 2015 as the collaboration of communities around the state who strive to strengthen the support of service members, military families and veterans and serve as a platform to work together and address veteran issues.

In 2015, Indiana communities served more than 15,000 service members and veterans through 19 Stand Down events, assisting homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families with much needed services and opportunities.

  •  Posted on March 23, 2016

Deadline approaching for MFRI grant application

Don't miss out on a chance to help your community stand up for military and veteran families!

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University aims to assist communities in efforts to support military and veteran families. We are therefore pleased to offer competitive small monetary grants of up to $2,500 to community organizations and family support groups that strive to improve their quality of life. Applications are due April 15.

MFRI staff is on hand to help explain the application process and offer advice for successful proposals. Contact your local community outreach representative for details, support and more information.

In 2015, we awarded 25 grants ranging from $500-$2,500. These funds served more than 2,500 military-affiliated families in Indiana. Some of the proposals funded:

  • programming about financial literacy;
  • leadership training;
  • employment readiness; and
  • homeless and at-risk families.

Let us help you support the military and veteran families in your community. Contact your outreach representative for more information today!

  •  Posted on March 15, 2016

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