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MFAN Research: Privatized Military Housing Survey Executive Summary

The mission of the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is to connect military families with leaders and decision makers. We share the stories of those who serve and respond to their needs through collaboration and, when needed, program development. After hearing from military families about issues with privatized military housing last October, MFAN began researching...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.  ...

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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...

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Invest in Your Life!

    It’s a strange time to be thinking about smart investing. For many of us, these days (global pandemic days), we’re just hoping to get through a particularly challenging situation. But what if we told you that now is the PERFECT time to think about your future financial self? First, let’s catch up. Earlier...

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Thursday Three Is Here!

    It may not feel like Thursday, especially with the long weekend that just passed, but here we are again. This week starts an exciting (and perhaps challenging) shift for most folks as we transition into new schedules and routines. We’ll continue to share information and resources to make those transitions easier.   Speaking...

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Tested Procedures Ensure Minimal Delays in Prescription Medication Delivery

  Through MFAN’s research and our advisory board, we’re able to address many of the challenges faced by military families across the country. Recently, our advisors, representing military communities at home and abroad, have shared that families are concerned about the potential impact of United States Postal Service (USPS) delivery time unpredictability and receipt of...

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Getting Out of Crisis Mode

    In this week’s Thursday Three, we talk about the recent executive order to defer payroll taxes. The idea of some financial relief in the midst of COVID-19 is an appealing one. But it’s not one without future consequences. Today’s “extra money” is tomorrow’s problem – when the new year will bring with it...

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Thursday Three Is Here!

    Back to school season. Cue the round of deep sighs…. We’re talking about it in a blog this week, complete with resources to support you and your favorite military kids during a school year like no other.   Also this week, MFAN participated in two panels at the (virtual) Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA) Fall Workshop – talking about how to best ensure military...

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