Author Archives: Randi Cairns

State of the State: Texas


  Military Family Advisory Network’s (MFAN) research over three years revealed that an alarming number of military families face food insecurity. One in eight survey respondents in 2019 reported experiencing food insecurity. Our data showed that survey respondents in Texas were experiencing higher frequencies of food insecurity among national respondents, with one in six families…

Special Edition Thursday Three!


This last week has been rough for us all. Sure – there was the Marine Corps’ birthday (ya’ll are looking great at 245 years young!) and Veterans Day (we appreciate veterans every day). But there was also the aftermath of an election (which hasn’t been fun for anyone regardless of personal politics) and lots of…

Thursday Three Is Here!


  Happy Thursday and Happy National Veterans and Military Families Month! Every November we honor and recognize military families and the sacrifices they make to support their service members. Interested in learning more? Click here.   In last week’s Thursday Three, we shared details about a special partnership between MFAN and Kendra Scott (and how that…

Thursday Three Is Here!


  Another Thursday, and we’re so glad you’re here!   In case you missed it, we celebrated National Day of the Deployed on Monday – a chance to honor those who have deployed or are currently deployed and the families who stand by their side.   And MFAN’s senior director of research and program evaluation, Dr. Shelley…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! We’ve got news to share and your “to do” list for the week ahead all right here. Some important items to add to your “to do” list…   (1) Vote! (Read what Executive Director Shannon Razsadin shared with We Are The Mighty about the top issues facing military families this election and why…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    So glad you’re here! In last week’s Thursday Three we mentioned that October is Financial Planning Month and shared some finance-related resources. Did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Learn more about how prevalent intimate partner violence is in the military and veteran community, and how our community experiences and perceives such violence here….

Pandemic Military Voting 101


Voting as a military family during a global pandemic  Voting in this year’s election looks very different than in elections past. For many military families, we’re watching the rest of the country scramble to figure out how to vote the way we’ve been voting for years! Whether you’re new to voting as a military-connected person…

The Right Stuff


    These days, between working at home and homeschooling our kids, most of our lives seem spent glued to screens. But what if that time wasn’t another of a million Zoom calls? Or a teacher trying to corral a group of kids via video?  What if instead, you and your whole family could spend…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! Did you know that October is Financial Planning Month? This is a great time to think about your finances – before diving headfirst into holiday spending. Need a head start? We talk about everything from getting out of crisis mode to investing on the MFAN blog.   Our researchers, Drs. Michele Kimball and Jennifer Hurwitz,…

When everything is partisan…remember the mission.

When everything is partisan…remember the mission. For anyone leading a mission-driven organization or nonprofit, this has been a tricky year. Trying to speak up for the communities that look to us, while avoiding mission creep, has felt like walking through an ideological minefield. I have the honor to lead a national nonprofit that serves as…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Normally, this is the point in this weekly communication where we’d wish you a happy Thursday (we still do), but this edition is particularly serious.   Right as we close out Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Defense 2019 Annual Suicide Report is released. We talk more about it below. We’ve got a…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! Lots to catch you up on.   We’ve been tracking and updating you regularly on the services’ efforts to be more diverse. THIS is what getting diversity right looks like. Well done, Air Force!   MFAN’s Advisory Board members held their monthly meeting recently, and they shared some of the questions and challenges…

Working Together to Understand and Respond

To the MFAN family:   We are writing to share news that will positively impact the lives of military families in military housing, quite substantially.   In early 2019, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) conducted a research effort to understand military families’ experiences in privatized military housing. The response was overwhelming, as were the…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! It’s been an action-packed week here at MFAN.   On Tuesday, the Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC) held its quarterly meeting. The goal of this coalition and these roundtable meetings is to build collaboration and open lines of communication among those who work to support military family financial readiness.  …

MFFRC Meeting Update – What military families need to know


MFAN’s unique ability to convene key policymakers, public and private organizations, and other stakeholders dedicated to meeting the needs of military families enables us to meet those needs and create a plan of action to solve the challenges those families may face in the future. The Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC), convened by MFAN and made possible thanks…