Nov. 15, 2016

A Battle Plan to Support Military and Veteran Families

If you would like to revisit the evening's discussion, please view the archived version of this event.

You are invited to live stream a special MFRI panel presentation followed by the awarding of the 2016 Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award. The annual award, now in its second year, recognizes the best scientific article published during the previous year that combines exceptional rigor with important insights about military and veteran families. Both will take place Wednesday, November 16 at 3 p.m. from the headquarters of the Association of the United States Army, in Arlington, Va.

The award presentation will follow a panel discussion based on A Battle Plan to Support Military and Veteran Families, a collection of chapters to be published by MFRI in the spring of 2017. The book will examine lessons learned about supporting military and veteran families since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. MFRI Director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth will moderate the discussion; panelists are experts on military and veteran families and “Battle Plan” contributors:

  • Meredith Kleykamp, director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Research on Military Organization
  • Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association
  • Morgan Sammons, executive officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Barbara Thompson, director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Family Readiness Policy

Battle Plan will provide insights shared by leaders in government and policymaking, corporations and associations, community service and education, and behavioral health care and research. It aims to be a resource for future leaders who, when faced with the next serious conflict or military engagement, seek to offer the best support for service members, veterans and their families.