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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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Food Insecurity and COVID-19: A breakdown of the evolving resources

In 2017, MFAN began exploring food insecurity in the military community because we were beginning to hear stories about military families going hungry. This year the team dug even deeper into the issue of food security in the military community—the results were overwhelming and alarming. Our most recent Survey revealed that one in eight military...

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SECDEF Explains COVID-19 Impact on DoD and Milfams

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman Ramón Colón-López at a Pentagon town hall Tuesday. (Watch the video here.) They took turns answering questions submitted by troops and military family members about how the Department of Defense is responding to the...

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Census 2020: Here’s What Military Families Need to Know

By now, you’ve probably seen ads, billboards, and commercials about the 2020 Census. And, between March 12 and 20, all households will receive information about the 2020 Census. There are a few key things that we all need to know. Here’s the 4-11. What is the Census? The Census is a count of everyone living...

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COVID-19 School Closure Resources

Military Family Advisory Network is committed to supporting military families through whatever challenges life sends their way. In recent days, many military families find themselves dealing with extended school closures and social distancing in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. We have gathered a list of resources for you that will hopefully help ease the...

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The Tenant Bill of Rights – What You Need to Know

This policy is a direct response to the many brave military families who shared their stories with us through our research, to members of Congress, to military leadership, and the media. It’s not easy to speak up, but here at MFAN, we know that data is powerful, and we appreciate the nearly 17,000 families who...

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Changes are coming to the child care waitlist 

Child care is notoriously challenging to find. Across the country, families struggle to place their children in safe and affordable care and are often on waitlists for a significant amount of time. Military families often have extra considerations when seeking care for their children due to extended work hours, unexpected travel, and distance from family members and loved ones.  A new memo from...

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When your spouse deploys without notice 

It was a Thursday in December, and I was cautiously navigating the Raleigh-Durham International Airport parking lot when my phone rang. It was my husband.    I answered, “Hello?”  “Hey, what are you doing?”  “I’m trying to figure out where I’m supposed to go to pick your mom up, so I can’t really talk. What’s up?”  “Well I just found...

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Relationship Advice for Military Couples

This time of year is all about love and romance, but ask any couple and they’ll tell you a good relationship requires a lot more than just a card and some chocolates.  All relationships take work, but the added stressors of military life mean that military couples need to be especially conscious about taking care of their relationships with their spouse.  By...

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Introducing the Military Housing Roundtable

It’s been exactly one year since MFAN shared the results of the 2019 Privatized Military Housing Survey with Congress. Since the first Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on February 12, 2019, we’ve shared what we’ve learned widely, we’ve met with the Department of Defense, with several of the Services, with GAO, with nonprofit and business...

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Social Media Rules for Military Spouses 

Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps are a fantastic way to keep in touch with loved ones at home and friends and neighbors from previous duty stations.  I love getting the chance to see my friends’ babies turn into kids and celebrate their latest successes in spelling bees and on the basketball courts.  But,...

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Looking ahead: What to expect from MFAN in 2020

To our friends, followers, partners, and fellow military families: When we founded Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) nearly seven years ago, we knew we wanted to connect leaders across the public and private sectors with the real lived experiences of military families. We knew there was a sea of goodwill and that people truly wanted...

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Finding fitness support as a military spouse 

Are you hoping to spend more time focusing on your health and wellness?     Some of the most significant barriers to success to achieving personal fitness can be knowing where to find fitness resources or finding those resources only to have to pack and move shortly after. Fortunately, military spouses have access to a variety of gyms, fitness...

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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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