Author Archives: Erin Kahn

New Data Sheds Light on Health Care Needs


Dialing my on-post clinic and telling a receptionist that I needed help for depression was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Admitting that I couldn’t power through on my own was terrifying—so terrifying, that it took me more than a year to work up the nerve to do it.   The receptionist quickly scheduled…

A Letter to My Children


Our Executive Director tries to make sense of the new normal for her children. Dear Sophia and Georgie, At first, I was grateful that you are young — I thought you would be spared the stress and fear of what is going on in the world. Today, I am less sure. Your little lives have…

MFANConnects Events, April 13-17


  Another week of quarantine seems surreal, doesn’t it? Even for those who haven’t been personally touched by COVID-19, it’s strange to see neighbors walking around in face masks. The days seem to blend into each other and, after weeks at home, we’re even hearing children say they wish they were back in school. These…

How AER is Helping Soldiers Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no segment of society untouched, including military families. As a result, Army Emergency Relief (AER) has revised how it processes requests for assistance as well as some eligibility requirements. The changes allow members of the Army Reserves and National Guard who are not serving under Title 10 orders to be…

MFAN & Housing Companies Work Together to Help Military Families

Every aspect of American life has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including where military families will live.    To stop the spread of the virus, the Department of Defense froze Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves for at least 60 days which, while necessary, places some military families in a precarious housing situation. Families…

Food Insecurity and COVID-19: A breakdown of the evolving resources


In 2017, MFAN began exploring food insecurity in the military community because we were beginning to hear stories about military families going hungry. This year the team dug even deeper into the issue of food security in the military community—the results were overwhelming and alarming. Our most recent Survey revealed that one in eight military…

SECDEF Explains COVID-19 Impact on DoD and Milfams


Secretary of Defense Mark Esper joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman Ramón Colón-López at a Pentagon town hall Tuesday. (Watch the video here.) They took turns answering questions submitted by troops and military family members about how the Department of Defense is responding to the…