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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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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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A single pay delay can cause a crisis for a military family

    By Shannon Razsadin, President and Executive Director, Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) and Joseph Kopser, Board Member, MFAN; Special Advisor for Military Leadership and Strategy Policy, University of Texas at Austin   On Saturday morning I woke up to a message from a military family distraught about the delay in early pay, which was...

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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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