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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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2013-2015 Advisor Testimonial: Claire Woodward

“At our first in-person meeting of the MFAN advisory board, I looked around the table at a few familiar faces. Other names were familiar, or I knew them by reputation, but this was a group that felt different from the outset. It was certainly not the “first rodeo” for most of us, but collectively we...

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2013-2015 Advisor Testimonial: Shelley Kimball

“Military families have always come first for us, and we show it. The greatest aspect of being an advisor for the Military Family Advisory Network has been the convergence of experiences among us. No matter the question or issue before us, someone has a creative, compassionate direction for finding the solution. I have looked forward...

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MCRMC Myth Busters

In late January, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) presented its recommendations to the President and Congress. What does the MCRMC do, again? The MCRMC was established by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the existing military compensation and retirement systems. The MCRMC began work on its recommendations report in...

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Be Smart, Stay Safe

In a perfect world, military families would be able to freely express their military pride. These families make sacrifices every day to protect and serve our country, and deserve to be recognized for their strength, courage, and resilience. However, today, self-identifying as a member of the military community can be dangerous, so it’s important for...

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And the survey says…

In August 2014 MFAN conducted a survey (its first) to: Understand which programs military families like and depend on Identify gaps between military family needs and resources The Military Family Support Programming Survey received over 17,000 unique responses from 1,500 participants, of which nearly 90 percent were military spouses. The questions were almost completely open-ended...

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Teamwork makes the dream work

MFAN released the results from its Military Family Support Programming Survey on Jan. 12. Over 1,500 people provided more than 17,000 responses about the services, resources and programs they value, resulting in five recommendations for action. The top recommendation addressed the need for public-private partnerships with nonprofit agencies to give military families seamless access to...

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Helping you achieve your goals

Education, employment, and wellness are three areas where we pledge to focus our time and energy — but we often find ourselves too overwhelmed to know where to start. That’s where MFAN comes in. The MFAN advisors have compiled a list of education, employment, and wellness resources whose authenticity and quality they stand behind and...

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The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Recommendations Simplified

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission has released a report that recommends several changes to the benefits military families receive. We wanted to help you understand what those recommendations mean to you and your family so that you can be part of the conversation. A little background: The MCRMC was established by the National...

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Getting Smart on Social: How to protect your privacy online

It’s probably not surprising that, according to the Pew Research Internet Project, 74 percent of adults who go online use social networking sites. With that many people connecting online, it’s also no surprise that while social networks offer a lot of good, they also have drawbacks. People use social media for different reasons, but in...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New MilSpouse Pt. 13

I had been counting down the days until we left Spain and returned to the States for Aleksei’s next assignment. But as our departure date approached, I had some surprisingly mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong — I was thrilled at the prospect of being back in Washington, being able to work from the office...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New MilSpouse Pt. 12

Our move back to the States is approaching faster than I anticipated. It felt as if all of a sudden it was time to go into full throttle PCS-prep mode — meaning that it was time for us to figure out where we were going to live come October, when Aleksei starts his next duty...

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Deployment Diaries: Part 4

I’ve been memorizing his face for weeks — this man-child of mine. In the shuffle to buy textbooks and bedding and the 5,000 other things necessary to set up his “new home” at college, THIS home begins to feel empty yet again. Tears flow without warning and I realize that it is indeed possible to...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New MilSpouse Pt. 11

Continued from last week … Before my move to Rota, Spain, I had forgotten what it was like to be the new kid on the block. I had lived in Washington, D.C., for over five years and I was settled — great friends, great job, great community — life was familiar and comfortable. Life in...

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More Ideas for Passing the (Summer) Time

Here’s another list of summertime things to do to pass the time without breaking the bank: Think ahead for shopping (school supplies, Halloween costumes) Beat the crowds and start your back-to-school shopping this week. Official school supply lists might not be out yet, but you can still pick up classroom essentials like pencils, pens, and...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New MilSpouse Pt. 10

Continued from last week… I landed in Spain on Nov. 10, 2013, and for the first few days, I felt as if I was on vacation. We got settled in our house on base, did some shopping, planned European adventures, and explored Rota. Then reality began to set in. Don’t get me wrong: I was...

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