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MacMurray division chair presents research

August 10, 2010

John Cox, Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, MacMurray professor and U.S. military veteran, recently presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Institute for Rural Social Work and Human Services. The meeting took place on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus July 14- 17.

Dr. Cox’s paper entitled “Coming Home to the Heartland: Strengthening Services to Rural Veterans and Their Families” was based on Cox’s research on the disparities in services offered to rural and urban troops returning from deployment. Cox also suggested policy initiatives and models of care for returning soldiers and their families.

“For generations young men and women from small towns and farms throughout America have answered our nation’s call to arms,” said Cox. “In the Global War on Terror, this is truer than ever before with rural veterans making up over 44% of today’s military recruits. The implications are clear; more must be done to enhance both the availability and quality of care for rural veterans and their families.”

Dr. Cox joined MacMurray’s faculty in 1995 after retiring as an Air Force colonel. The Shreveport, La., native has been recognized by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education for teaching excellence. He teaches courses in social research and social work practice including rural social work and practice in the military.

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