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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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New Data Sheds Light on Health Care Needs

Dialing my on-post clinic and telling a receptionist that I needed help for depression was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Admitting that I couldn’t power through on my own was terrifying—so terrifying, that it took me more than a year to work up the nerve to do it.   The receptionist quickly scheduled...

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The two resources you need to find your dream job

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  You’re two months into quarantine and you’ve already binged your way through Netflix (and Hulu, and Amazon). You’re caught up on those books you’ve been meaning to read. You’ve baked loaves of sour dough and banana bread, redecorated, crafted, cleaned, and your dog...

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From USMC to LEO: A Story for National Police Week

For Wyatt Derr, like many veterans, law enforcement has proven to be a post-military career that provides him with what he missed most about serving in the U.S. Marine Corps—community, camaraderie, and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than himself. This is National Police Week so we asked Wyatt to tell us...

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Temporary Policy Makes Using Telehealth Easier for Tricare Beneficiaries and Providers 

New guidance issued by the office of the Secretary of Defense this week will allow Tricare providers to receive reimbursement for medical appointments that occur online and over the telephone.   The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs issued the temporary policy change, called an Interim Final Rule (IFR), in order to encourage patients and...

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Let’s taco ’bout the week ahead…

Here we are in week seven of quarantine and even the introverts have worked through their Netflix queues and are longing for human interaction. And the extroverts? They’re having philosophical discussions with houseplants and making holiday plans with the mail carrier. Never fear, friends! Just as in weeks past, #MFANConnects has got you covered! This...

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A Letter to My Children

Our Executive Director tries to make sense of the new normal for her children. Dear Sophia and Georgie, At first, I was grateful that you are young — I thought you would be spared the stress and fear of what is going on in the world. Today, I am less sure. Your little lives have...

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MFANConnects Events, April 13-17

  Another week of quarantine seems surreal, doesn’t it? Even for those who haven’t been personally touched by COVID-19, it’s strange to see neighbors walking around in face masks. The days seem to blend into each other and, after weeks at home, we’re even hearing children say they wish they were back in school. These...

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How AER is Helping Soldiers Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no segment of society untouched, including military families. As a result, Army Emergency Relief (AER) has revised how it processes requests for assistance as well as some eligibility requirements. The changes allow members of the Army Reserves and National Guard who are not serving under Title 10 orders to be...

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MFAN & Housing Companies Work Together to Help Military Families

Every aspect of American life has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including where military families will live.    To stop the spread of the virus, the Department of Defense froze Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves for at least 60 days which, while necessary, places some military families in a precarious housing situation. Families...

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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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