Lt. Colonel Chaplain Stephen W. Austin contacted MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein on October 8, 2013 regarding initial development and implementation of a spirit(ual) dimension component to a U.S. Army soldier resilience platform called ArmyFit. Lt. Col. Austin requested MRFF’s advice and review “as we progress in the development of this dimension. Your opinion matters and we would like to work collaboratively on a topic that is clearly complex and sensitive.”
This request comes after Mikey was flown at government expense to Washington, D.C. to meet with Pentagon officials in 2012 to discuss MRFF’s concerns regarding ‘spiritual fitness’ testing. MRFF had previously filed objections on behalf of its clients and was preparing an aggressive federal class-action lawsuit (through the Jones-Day law firm) challenging the Army’s ‘spiritual fitness’ testing as it existed at that time.