Wednesday (6/9) is deadline to register to attend free military family support dinner 6/11

Wednesday (6/9) is the deadline for local residents with family members who have served in the military to register to attend a free dinner Purdue University Calumet is hosting Friday (6/11) at 6 p.m. to organize a support network.

Purdue Calumet’s From Boots to Books program is holding the free dinner. Any resident with family members who are serving or have served in the military is invited to attend this “We Are in This Together” dinner. Reservations must be finalized by Wednesday evening by contacting program Assistant Director Akili Shakur at or 219/989-2779.

During the dinner, plans will be explored for building a network of support for military personnel transitioning from military to home life, as well as in response to military-related stress experienced by current or former military personnel and their families. Additionally, Shakur said From Boots to Books wants to provide a support system for children whose parents are enlisted.

Sara Appel, operation diploma outreach specialist for Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute, will speak at the dinner about ways to recognize and support students enlisted in the military, veterans and their families.

Purdue Calumet’s From Boots to Books program seeks to help local residents transitioning from military to civilian life through education. Some 160 Purdue Calumet students serve or have served in the military.