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Lilly Endowment gives $2.4M to Purdue's MFRI

Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) will be able to continue its work for another year, thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

The Institute aims to improve the lives of members of the military, veterans and their families by providing access to counseling, as well as education and employment initiatives. Another priority is to conduct research that can improve military programs, practices and policies in this area.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director, says research being done at the Institute has helped identify gaps in services.

“We just completed a report on children in multiple deployments of parents,” she says. “One student project looked at the experiences of civilian husbands of female service members, which is an important topic given the interest in growing women’s opportunities within the military.”

MFRI has produced scientific journal articles, research texts and other publications that among other things have addressed gaps in services for children, families, and student veterans.

It was founded in 2000 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and is housed in the Center for Families in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences.

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