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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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Job Opportunity: Director of Operations and Development

We’re making a difference for military families — join us. The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is seeking a full-time director of operations and development to join our team. MFANis a national nonprofit with a simple mission: connect military families to decision makers and resources designed to serve them. We are looking for a polished,...

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Update on Privatized Military Housing Issue

One week ago, our organization, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) released a report on the condition of privatized military housing. We want to take a moment to provide a brief update. But first, a sincere thank you to the thousands of brave military families who trusted us with your stories. We brought your experiences...

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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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Military Online Financial Education Program Hits Major Unique User Milestone, Expands Smart Investing Capabilities to Match Growing Demand

Military Online Financial Education Program Hits Major Unique User Milestone, Expands Smart Investing Capabilities to Match Growing Demand   WASHINGTON — The Military Family Advisory Network’s (MFAN) MilCentsSM, an online social learning financial education program, reached a milestone of 11,087 unique program participants in 2018, a 33 percent increase from 2017. MilCents introduces military families...

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Food Insecurity Coalition Updates: Government Shutdown Edition

Last week, the Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition met to discuss how we can work together to support families facing hardships caused by the government shutdown. Here is an aggregated list of all members’ resources and information families should be aware of. MFAN will continue to update this blog post and MilMapSMas we become aware...

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Military Family Advisory Network, SEED SPOT, and Booz Allen Hamilton Team Up to Support Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Military Family Advisory Network, SEED SPOT, and Booz Allen Hamilton Team Up to Support Military Spouse Entrepreneurs Twenty military spouses will participate in entrepreneurship training program in Washington, DC.   Washington, DC: The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), SEED SPOT, and Booz Allen Hamilton have teamed up to send 20 military spouses to the SEED...

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16 indicators of military family support align with MFAN research

16 indicators of military family support align with MFAN research By Shelley Kimball, Ph.D., research director, Military Family Advisory Network. We know that when military families are healthy and functioning well, active duty members’ contributions to service are that much more effective. Now we have another way of understanding the indicators for evaluating family readiness....

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DeCA: More than just a grocery story

We’re more than just a grocery store. Your commissary is a constant in your military life no matter where you’re stationed.  We’ve worked hard to help you and your family meet the rigors of military life without needing to worry about if your local grocery store carries that particular brand or food you had when...

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Influencers Meet in Washington, DC to Address Key Military and Veteran Family Needs

Influencers Meet in Washington, DC to Address Key Military and Veteran Family Needs. Military Family Advisory Network Hosts Solutions Summit in Honor of Fifth Anniversary WASHINGTON — The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), a national non-profit of military spouses, marked its fifth anniversary by convening its current and former advisory board members as well as...

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Military Family Advisory Network Marks Its Fifth Year, Expands Board of Directors to Meet a Growing Need for Services

WASHINGTON — Now in its fifth year, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) has become a premier resource for thousands of families worldwide who face the challenges of military life, providing tools to help them succeed. To further strengthen its efforts, MFAN is adding two board members, Elisa Basnight and Rory Brosius, who have extensive...

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Moving: An Inevitable Part of Military Life

Military family life is filled with both opportunities and challenges, and that is never more evident than during moves/PCS season. Families who participated in the 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey told their stories of dealing with the stresses of moves. They shared great information with us about the number of times they have moved,...

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Families: An Essential Part of Military Life

Families are at the heart of MFAN. We strive to represent their interests in everything we do. So, as part of our Military Family Support Programming Survey, we asked military families across the nation about the challenges and opportunities that come with military life. They sounded off on marriage, divorce, and issues that affect children,...

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Finances: Military Families Struggle to Stay Ahead Financially

Finances – a big stress for military families. This blog post dives into the types of debts military families have, the effects of financial stress, obstacles to financial assistance that families encounter, and our recommendations for helping families become more financially sound. Debt Military families struggle with debt — more than 90 percent of our...

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Military Families Appreciate Their Health Care, But They See Room for Improvement

As promised in our last blog, this post is all about health care! Health care reigns supreme as the most appreciated support program available to the military community, according to our 2017 survey, which asked mostly open-ended questions of service members, veterans, and their families to gauge how they really feel about support programming. However,...

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The Results Are In: 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey

The 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey results are in! The full survey report — the product of months of compiling and analyzing responses from 5,650 military and veteran families — is out, and you can read it here. You can also watch the webcast from MFAN’s survey release event here. In several blog posts,...

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