Association Supports Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute

A new publication series designed to educate civilians on the specialized needs of military and veteran families in their neighborhoods launched on Monday, April 15. The series, called How to Help Military and Veteran Families, is the result of a joint effort between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University and the National Military Family Association. 

How to Help Military and Veteran Families features 11 issues tailored to audiences such as medical professionals, faith-based communities, educators, employers, financial institutions, legal professionals, first responders, mental health professionals and families and friends. Each issue provides evidence-based guidance on how a particular group can help military and veteran families, with short, practical suggestions and links that point to additional resources. And each issue has been carefully reviewed both by subject matter experts and military family support organizations.

Each issue will be available on our website - download your copy of How to Help Military and Veteran Families. Download an issue on If you'd like print pamphlets, order 100 or more printed copies at cost from MFRI in attractive folded format. (Great for conference packets, class handouts, and civic events.) For more information or to order, contact MFRI .

The launch event also celebrated the Month of the Military Child and the second anniversary of Joining Forces, an initiative to build public support for military members, veterans and their families, which is championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

Our Association’s Executive Director, Joyce Raezer, was the emcee for the event. CAPT Todd Veazie (USN), Executive Director of Joining Forces spoke at Monday's event, as did Charles Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, and Catherine Woteki, USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics. Also at the podium was Jimmy Henning, Associate Dean and Director for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

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