Lilly Endowment awards Purdue center $6.3M

A Purdue University-based institute that aids military families whose lives have been disrupted by a relative's deployment overseas has won a $6.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to boost its mission.

Purdue President France Cordova said Wednesday that the Military Family Research Institute plays a "critical role in Indiana" because most of Indiana's 23,000 active duty service members are part of the National Guard or Reserves and lack the built-in supports provided by a large military installation.

Institute director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth said the U.S. is "in a critical period" that will determine whether recent veterans will face the same high levels of poverty, homelessness and health problems experienced by their predecessors. The institute's mission includes helping military children and families reconnect after a parent returns from deployment.

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