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Stay updated on the latest MFRI news as well as news pertaining to military families and those who work to assist them.

Newly released

Want to learn more about what MFRI does to advance research with impact? Check out the Executive Summary of our 2015 Year in Review. In it, you will find information about our work on behalf of military families and veterans, and the people who serve them. Learn about our work at the national, regional and local levels, including:

  • Reaching Rural Veterans and Measuring Communities, two of our newest initiatives;
  • our latest research on behalf of military families, including new papers published in scientific journals;
  • our 15th anniversary celebration;
  • our 2015 research symposium, designed to create a battle plan to support military families;
  • the winner of the inaugural Award for Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families, created to honor the best evidence-based a single scientific article published combining exceptional rigor with important insights about military and veteran families;
  • and much more.

Download the summary today!


  •  Posted on July 6, 2016

Summer eBriefing released today

The latest issue includes news about the upcoming Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit, the latest MFRI research results, and Star Behavioral Health Providers, which was selected as one of four recipients of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.


  •  Posted on June 30, 2016

Deadline extended for Focus Forward Fellowship

Military-connected women will travel to Indianapolis from throughout the nation to take part in the Focus Forward Fellowship program, a new initiative designed by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University to serve rising military-connected sophomores and juniors who are enrolled in four-year colleges and universities.

The deadline to apply for this program has been extended until Friday, June 24 at noon.

The program will be held Aug. 11-14 with an in-person workshop, followed by additional web-based activities scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

During the free, weekend-long program, fellows will work together to increase personal effectiveness, building a potentially transformative community experience. The goal is for lessons learned with hands on training to translate to fellows’ home campuses and continue to impact them throughout their academic and professional careers.

"Eighty-two percent of post-9/11 female veterans joined the military to receive education benefits,” said Lauren Runco, MFRI's director of education and employment. “We are committed to helping them build existing skills and transition to the next phase of their lives. I am so excited to see what our Fellows accomplish!"

Sponsorship opportunities for this fellowship are also available. To learn more, contact Jennifer Shirley at For more information about the program, contact Runco at or call 765-496-3403. Connect with MFRI on Twitter at @MFRIPurdue and use #FWDFellows to join the conversation.

  •  Posted on June 21, 2016

MFRI study examines risk, resilience in military children

More than two million young children are family members of the new cohort of war veterans now entering the U.S. civilian population. Studies of military children tend to focus on stresses or deficits they experience, failing to give sufficient attention to their strengths, their families’ strengths, or the supports around them.

MFRI researchers studied the risk and promotive factors in the lives of children aged 0–10 in military families, with promotive factors being those that decrease the likelihood that young children will engage in negative behaviors or have negative outcomes.

We found that risk factors (e.g. parental depression and community poverty) were more strongly associated with children's outcomes than promotive factors. For military children who experience multiple risks, however, the promotive factors (e.g. parental education, positive family functioning, etc.) help protect them from those risks. The study was published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.

  •  Posted on June 20, 2016

Celebrate the birthday of the US Army

Happy birthday to the U.S. Army!

Army traditions of “duty, honor, country” date back to the minutemen.  As the war between the colonies and Great Britain escalated, Congress formally established the Continental Army by nationalizing the colonial militias deployed around Boston and New York.

Founded on June 14, 1775, it's first Commander-in-Chief was General George Washington.

MFRI joins a grateful nation as the U.S. Army celebrates its 241st birthday today. We thank all -- including their families --  who have served, or serve currently. Join the celebration - and take time to thank an Army veteran, service member or family member today.

  •  Posted on June 14, 2016

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