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Serving Our Heroes

picture of Denise Cheryl Verhey and her son"I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me and I didn't know where to turn."

That's how Denise Cheryl Verhey describes her feelings after learning her son would be deployed.

Denise contacted Purdue's Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), which she had learned about through the Institute's outreach events. MFRI uses research and outreach to improve the lives of service members and their families.

"We try to embody what Purdue is all about," says Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of MFRI. "Purdue exists, in part, to make connections between our researchers and scientists and the daily lives of citizens. With MFRI, we try to look at the world through the eyes of military and veteran families."

Denise used MFRI's resources from both the military and civilian side to find support for her own journey as a military mom — and to provide assistance for other soldiers and families.

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