Veterans, Reservists, and Military Families Data and Research Workshop
The Economic Research Service and the USDA Veterans, Reservists, and Military Families Task Force have partnered with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University to convene the "Veterans, Reservists, and Military Families (VRMF) Data and Research Workshop." The goal is to bring together federal data working groups, government researchers, and their academic collaborators to improve our common understanding of critical demographic and socioeconomic trends affecting the VRFM population, identify key data and research gaps, and begin developing strategies to address them.
The workshop is inspired by the high priority that the Obama Administration and USDA have placed on providing support for the VRMF population and the need for data and research to inform that effort. We expect that the workshop format will encourage dialogue among the diverse groups that have formed around VRMF issues and to provide a structure for leveraging new data sharing opportunities and research collaborations.