Author Archives: Rebekah Sanderlin

When Friends are Family


Celebrating Friendship In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly designated July 30 as the International Day of Friendship. And how beautiful is that?! During this time of debate and division, we all get to take one day to acknowledge how much it means to have people we like by our sides.    There are many hardships…

Thursday Three is Here!


Yesterday, MFAN’s executive director, Shannon Razsadin, joined Angela Caban (an MFAN Advisory Board Alum) at Military Saves to chat about empowering families in personal finance. In case you missed it, you can still catch the video here. Speaking of our amazing people, we’re hiring! MFAN is looking for an exceptional grant and proposal writer to…

Thursday Three is Here!


As we get closer and closer to the November election, we want to reiterate something we’ve asserted since our incorporation as a nonprofit. MFAN is, has been, and always will be a non-partisan organization. We are passionate about educating ALL military families about the issues that impact them and the importance of voting, but we…

Fun Things to Do at Your Duty Station: Colorado Springs 


With Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command, and possibly Space Force, a lot of lucky military families get to call Colorado Springs home, at least for a little while—and many choose to stay forever.   Surprisingly mild winters,…

Thursday Three is Here!


Last week we devoted a special edition of the Thursday Three to the 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey. If you haven’t yet taken a look – we highly encourage you to do so. Before we jump into this week’s news, we wanted to circle back to some of last week’s news that we didn’t…

Thursday Three is Here!


Earlier this week, MFAN shared the findings of our 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey during an exciting, virtual event presented by Cerner Government Services. This event represented the culmination of a tremendous amount of effort by so many people – starting with you as opened your hearts and with courage and truth, shared the stories…

A New Resource for EFMP Families 


Having a family member with unique health needs is stressful for anyone, anywhere. The challenges that come with the military lifestyle—frequent moves, deployments, living far from friends and family—add an additional layer of stress for military families with a family member enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). On Tuesday, June 23, MFAN will release…

The Real Cost of Moving


Every move can set a military family back about $5,000. That’s money they’ll never be reimbursed for and will never recover. And military families move, on average, every two to three years. MFAN has collected data from military families over the past four years that shows that financial stress is a primary burden during the…

What Do Military and Veteran Families Really Need?


Last fall, approximately 8,000 members of the military and veteran community answered MFAN’s call to share details of their lives with us for our 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey presented by Cerner. We learned of challenges, victories, and everything in between as we explored all facets of military and veteran life.   For MFAN, research…

These 8 Meals Will Get You Through PCS Season


Those last few weeks before you PCS can be difficult, in every way, right down to what to feed your family.   You don’t want to waste money by filling your fridge with foods that won’t get eaten, and you’d really like to use up what you have rather than tossing it all out. But you…