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In honor of military spouses

May 12 is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day to honor and celebrate those who support our troops during deployments, temporary duty assignments and the day-to-day responsibilities associated with military service.

Of the more than 1.1 million military spouses, an overwhelming majority are women (93% active duty, 87% reserves component). The Department of Defense reports that as a group, they are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to finish high school. More than 50 percent have completed some form of higher education. And 12 percent also serve.

Beyond the numbers, research indicates that deployment, frequent moves and overarching characteristics of military employment shape the relationships between spouses and service members. That’s why we invite you to join us in thanking the nation’s military spouses. Explore our How to Help issues to see how you can make a difference in the lives of the silent heroes – not just on May 12, but on every day of the year.

  •  Posted on May 11, 2017

Support research for military, veteran families on Purdue Day of Giving

Your gift to MFRI will help sustain the work we do on behalf of military and veteran families. And it will be matched, dollar for dollar, 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. 

To give, navigate to Purdue Day of Giving and select "College of Health & Human Sciences" in the Participant Box. Then:

  • Select “Military Family Research Institute Endowed Fund” in the Fund Name Box.
  • Fill in Gift Amount.
  • Complete “Your Information”, “Additional Questions” and “Payment Details” sections.
  • Click on "Submit."

Thank you again for your support!

  •  Posted on April 26, 2017

Focus Forward Fellowship CO deadline draws near



The deadline is approaching to apply for the Focus Forward Fellowship, a program designed by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University to build skills, leadership and a sense of community among women who are student veterans or otherwise military-connected students.

This is the second year of the Fellowship, which is open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and those seeking their master's degrees. Two Fellowship programs will take place. Both begin with a four-day residency program followed by engagement online during the 2017–2018 academic year. Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colo., is sponsoring a June 7 cohort, which is open to military-connected women at Colorado schools. Got Your 6 is a sponsor of a July 26 cohort held in Indianapolis, which is open to military-connected women from schools across the nation.

The deadline to apply for the Colorado State program is Friday, April 28. 

“We are extremely grateful for Colorado State and Got Your 6 for partnering with us in our efforts to help women student veterans achieve their full potential as they pursue academic and career success,” said Lauren Runco, MFRI’s director of education and employment. “We encourage all eligible women to apply for what has been called a life-changing experience.”

Cost of travel, food, lodging, activities and materials is covered by MFRI and other sponsoring institutions. Applications will close soon. For more information, contact Director of Education and Employment Lauren Runco at lrunco@purdue.edu.

  •  Posted on April 24, 2017

National Academies creates new office for military, veterans

The Office of Military and Veterans Health has been established at the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

The office is a point of contact for anyone seeking information on HMD’s past, current or future work on military and veteran health.

Military and veteran personnel and their families can face unique health concerns that vary from those of civilians. HMD’s work considers these issues and builds on a legacy of related research conducted by the National Academies under HMD’s previously name, the Institute of Medicine. Each year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of HMD.

  •  Posted on April 10, 2017

Purple Up! and celebrate our 1.8 million military kids

April is the Month of the Military Child, and April 21 is the day we Purple Up! to celebrate the important role military children play in supporting our country.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the commemoration was developed to honor and recognize the nation’s estimated 1.8 million military children, the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Military children routinely endure a parent’s separation due to deployment, travel due to temporary duty or advanced academic and career training. They also move more often than their peers. About 1.3 million of them are school-aged.

You can support military children by actively participating in the Month of the Military Child. View our series of How to Help Military and Veteran Families issues and take steps to thank the military children you know. Help others learn more about their challenges and their resilience. They deserve recognition today, this month, and every day!

  •  Posted on March 30, 2017


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