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Liberty Launches Institute of Military Resilience

November 11, 2011  | 

On this Veterans Day 2011, Liberty University honors our nation’s great veterans, and their active duty military and family counterparts, by establishing the Liberty University Institute for Military Resilience™.  This institute will develop and implement best-practice Christian resilience programs for Liberty University’s 19,000 veteran and military students. As well, the Institute will assist other educational institutions, private and public organizations, and churches and communities across the nation with relevant ways to enhance resilience and positive outcomes for our nation’s armed forces of past and present.

The Institute for Military Resilience™, aligned within the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, comes at a significant time in our nation’s history.  Now is the time for a full court press to allay the unprecedented persistent mental and behavioral health trends in our armed forces and veteran populations.  The Institute will develop academic instruction, offer nationwide training intensives for military personnel and caregivers, and conduct evidence-based research regarding the benefits of faith to enhance resilience and recovery from challenges and potential trauma of military service.  As such, The Institute will complement ongoing efforts in the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other public and private sector initiatives. 

The Institute for Military Resilience™ will be headed by Major General Robert F. Dees, U.S. Army, Retired.  General Dees, Associate Vice President for Military Outreach at Liberty University, has a wealth of experience as a leader in the military, in business, in ministry, and as a leading advocate for faith-based programs to provide hope, help, and healing to our nation’s many wounded warriors and veterans.  Working in collaboration with partners from a number of disciplines and organizations, he will craft broad strategy and implement relevant programs on behalf of veterans, troops, military families, and the caregivers that support them.

The Institute for Military Resilience™ is a positive step forward towards the appropriate integration of Christian faith practices into the comprehensive fitness of our nation’s armed forces. 

For further information regarding The Institute for Military Resilience, contact Liberty University at 800-424-9595.

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