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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...

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MFAN Introduces 2021-2023 Advisory Board

Military and veteran spouses selected from nationwide search to represent their communities and provide a deeper understanding of what today’s military families need and value One of MFAN’s greatest assets, the advisory board is a talented group of military and veteran spouses who are leaders, changemakers, and champions for military families in their community and...

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What to expect when the tenant bill of rights takes effect

Residents who live in military housing across the nation will soon be afforded new protections under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tenant Bill of Rights beginning June 1, 2021. What is the tenant bill of rights? In 2019, MFAN launched a survey to understand the experiences of military families living in privatized military housing. The...

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We’re Hiring a Digital Marketing Manager!

Digital Marketing Manager The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is seeking a full-time, remote, digital marketing manager to join our team.  The Manager of Digital Marketing handles all strategic online initiatives for an organization. Since this is a managerial-level position, this position spearheads initiatives from ideation, to creation, to execution. From there, a great Digital Marketing Manager monitors and analyzes metrics in order to adjust initiatives and campaigns...

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We’re Hiring TWO Part-Time Local Outreach Coordinators: Fort Hood, Fort Bragg

Outreach Coordinator The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), is hiring an experienced outreach coordinator for each of the following locations:  Ft. Hood (Texas), and Ft. Bragg (North Carolina). This boots-on-the-ground role will be responsible for working with our community partners to coordinate food distributions benefitting military families facing food insecurity. Each programmatic effort is intentionally...

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Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition Meeting – What You Need to Know

  Updates on helpful resources like WIC and Pandemic-EBT were top issues during the Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition (MFFIC) quarterly meeting. Participants of the MFFIC work together to develop solutions that drive awareness and access to programs alleviating military family food insecurity.   Bringing together best-in-class organizations from across the public and private sector, we all learn from each other as we work to...

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The Heroes of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion

  We’ve all been frustrated with delayed mail – especially of late as a global pandemic and high demand have coupled to leave many of us waiting far too long for mail delivery. Well, during World War II, there was a 2-year mail backlog. More than 7 million soldiers stationed in Europe were waiting for mail, which was the only connection...

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Breaking Barriers

  General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the first Black chief of a military service. After being sworn in, he talked about those who came before him breaking barriers – influences like the Tuskegee Airmen (we highlighted them earlier this month) who paved the way for him...

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Key Takeaways – Military Housing Roundtable Meeting

  Last week, MFAN hosted the quarterly meeting of the Military Housing Roundtable (MHR). The primary goal of the MHR is to support all military families in their homes regardless of where they choose to live and to ensure access to healthy, safe, and affordable housing. (Want more information on the roundtable and other coalitions MFAN convenes?...

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MFAN & WWP investigate opportunities for improved support for post-9/11 veteran families

Post-9/11 veteran families facing disparate experiences with social determinants of health need customized responses. The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) have partnered to examine the needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members, caregivers, families, and children to provide recommendations for how to best serve them. The research identified two distinct populations:...

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Pioneers in the Air

Image by Vernon Greene, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs   While Black soldiers had been fighting for the United States since the Revolutionary War, they were not afforded the opportunity to pursue specialty roles or leadership command. During World War I, many unsuccessfully sought to enlist and train as military pilots. It was more than...

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Wells Fargo Joins Military Family Advisory Network to Support Housing and Financial Health Coalitions

  The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce a continued collaboration with Wells Fargo, reinforcing the commitment of both to healthy, safe, and affordable housing and financial wellness and stability of military families.   MFAN’s work focuses on the modern military family and clearly understanding the support needs of a group that is statistically...

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Food Resources for Military Families with School-Aged Children

    You may have seen the news today about Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) and SNAP expansion. Here’s the scoop: President Biden signed an executive order calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress to issue new guidance that allows states to increase the emergency benefits available via P-EBT and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure...

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Bringing the Right People to the Table

    Here at the Military Family Advisory Network, our approach to our mission is unique. It is guided by our research (which is only possible through your trust in us and your willingness to share your stories), our diverse group of peer advisors and alumni (who share with us what they’re hearing in communities at home and...

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The Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition at Work

      Participants of the Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC) recently gathered for their quarterly meeting to discuss the most pressing needs of military and veteran families around the issues of financial health and readiness. The strength of this gathering is the ability to hear from so many organizations with a vested interested in military families’ financial wellbeing, and particular topics rose to the top...

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Cheerful Giving and Full Bellies

On Tuesday, December 22nd, we hosted the Military Family Advisory Network Holiday Food Event, the first of what we intend to be many food distribution events across Texas in the year to come. Partnering with the Food Care Center and the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness, and thanks...

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