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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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Where do you turn for help during a deployment?   

As military families, we expect separations. After a few decades of war, we’ve become accustomed to our service members coming and going for training, TDYs, and deployments. We know they are well-trained and are ready to answer their nation’s call, whenever it comes.   What we aren’t always ready for is the timing, especially when deployments...

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Setting SMART Goals for a New You

Judging by my social media feeds, most people are setting resolutions for 2020 with the hope of being a little bit happier and healthier in 2020. If you’re focusing on health and wellness in the New Year, you aren’t alone! This time of the year, the gym is packed and everyone seems to be starting a new...

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Is Military Life Worth the Wear and Tear?

As I write this, my husband is sitting on the couch with his foot, bandaged and bruised, propped up in front of him. We are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, but we won’t be out dancing this time. This is the third time this year that he’s recovered from surgery on the couch. All...

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Ask Me About Our Holiday Apart

My husband and I have been together for almost twenty years. We have spent literally dozens of holidays apart due to deployments, his TDYs, and my work travel. Our first separation as a couple was in the days following 9/11, and time spent apart has been the norm ever since. My children, who are still...

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Help is not a Four-Letter Word 

As a chaplain, I have the opportunity of spending a lot of time with service members and their families. I often see them through the best and worst moments of their lives, but most importantly, I see them in the everyday moments too.  Just last month, I participated in a “Families of the Deployed” event...

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A Military Family Holiday Story

This guest post is by Joanna Guldin, a member of our 2019-2021 Advisory Board. This is the second post in a series titled The Resiliency of Military Families: Sharing the Whole Story. It was the first Christmas of our marriage. It also happened to be the first and only time I had eaten Christmas dinner...

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The Resiliency of Military Families: Sharing the Whole Story

I love this time of year. I love seeing friends and family. I love watching my young children get excited about Santa and Elf on the Shelf (yes, I got sucked into that). I also love watching other people and other families enjoy this time of the year. Thanks to social media, the once-a-year holiday...

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Holiday Resources for Military Families

Our research tells us that many military families struggle with food insecurity and budget shortfalls. You may have trouble putting food on the table year-round, and this stress is even more apparent over the holidays.  We believe that all families should have the resources they need to serve their families healthy, nutritious meals and that...

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MFAN Introduces Fourth Advisory Board

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce the members of the 2019–2021 advisory board. These 14 individuals have been based at 57 duty stations, both in and outside the continental United States, and currently reside across the country. The new group includes the spouses of active duty service members and veterans from...

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Technology and Transportation Mogul, Army Veteran Joins MFAN Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce that Joseph Kopser has joined the Board of Directors. A technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, and national security issues, Kopser brings a wealth of experience and an extensive network to the MFAN leadership. Kopser is a...

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Privatized Military Housing Updates You Need to Know

After the incredible number of research responses, eye-opening testimonies, and media attention surrounding the conditions in privatized housing at some military installations, we are seeing change happen. We have three updates about privatized military housing that you need to know. First, DoD wants your input on the Tenant Bill of Rights! If you live in...

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Attention Graphic Designers: We’re hiring!

MFAN is hiring a graphic designer! If you have a knack for translating written content into compelling graphics, all while maintaining a strong brand and style identity, we want to hear from you. Education/Experience: An associate or bachelor’s degree in fine art design, marketing or related discipline is preferred. Four plus years in professional design...

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Top 3 Ways to Find Summer Meals in your Local Community

How is summer going to impact your family’s bottom line? Are you dreading the additional fees for summer sports, camps, and/or childcare for your kids? Or, are the potentially unreimbursed PCS costs keeping you awake at night? Unfortunately for some military families, the additional expense of meals, normally covered by the free and reduced lunch...

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Job Opportunity: Grant and Proposal Writer

We’re Hiring! MFAN is looking for an exceptional grant and proposal writer to join our growing team. In some cases, a grant proposal is the first introduction to our organization, so a successful candidate will be skilled at making that first impression count. If you are a polished, love grammar, can tell remarkable stories, AND work...

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Advisory Board News

MFAN Advisory Board News   Thank you to our 2017-2019 advisory board MFAN recently hosted the last advisory board meeting for the 2017-2019 cohort. We were joined by guests from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is looking to MFAN for partnership support on the 2020 Census, as well as the Commission for Military, National, and...

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