Military Family Research Institute Scores $4.8M Grant

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The Military Family Research Institute is located on the campus of Purdue University. The Military Family Research Institute is located on the campus of Purdue University.

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $4.8 million grant to the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. MFRI Executive Director Shelly MacDermid Wadsworth says the grant "presents an exciting opportunity" to build the institute's future.

Purdue says $1 million of the grant will be available as long as it is matched with donations made for the program through September 2019. The grant will fund a variety of programs that fit the MFRI's five strategic objectives, including:

  • Supporting military communities that serve military and veteran families through training and referral programs and an ongoing partnership among the Indiana National Guard, MFRI, and national and state departments of veterans’ affairs.
  • Strengthening the motivation and capacity of civilian communities to support military and veteran families.
  • Generating and sharing research about military and veteran families, including research about the effects of military service on families.
  • Influencing programs, policies and practices affecting military and veteran families through online resources for military personnel, veterans and their families and efforts to inform policymakers, educators, healthcare professionals, business leaders and other community leaders.
  • Creating and sustaining vibrant learning organizations that include Hire a Hoosier Hero Veteran Job Fair, Student Veterans of America and the Focus Forward Fellowship.

"MFRI is a nationally respected thought leader that provides education and guidance to congressional leaders, White House officials and other policymakers," said Christine Ladisch, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue. "It is known as a collaborative organization that is skilled at bringing together high-level agencies in pursuit of a common goal."

The grant was announced as part of National Military Appreciation Month. You can learn more about the Military Family Research Institute by clicking here.

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