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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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Tenant Bill of Rights: What’s Taking So Long?

Last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a Tenant Bill of Rights to address problems reported by military families living in housing on military installations. MFAN was at the forefront of this discussion because data we gathered in our survey of military families detailed where and what types of problems were occurring. The Tenant...

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A Good Goodbye

PCSing military families find COVID-friendly ways for their kids to move on    Even in normal years, military life is tough on kids—and 2020 is not a normal year.   This year, about half a million military families will try to navigate the always-stressful PCS process with a heaping spoonful of coronavirus served on top of...

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DoD Says It’s Time (for some) to Get Moving

This post was updated on June 4. It’s already a PCS season like none other, and—at least for some—it’s beginning.   On Tuesday, June 2, senior Department of Defense officials said that 30-40% of military personnel moves are already happening and that DoD officials are continuing to label regions of the country “green”, meaning that...

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Remembering the People We’ve Lost

More than 1.1 million Americans have died fighting in America’s wars, and thousands more service members have died while serving outside of war. Memorial Day is the day we set aside to honor and remember them.   Military service is teeming with ceremony and formality—and rightfully so. It’s a dangerous, serious business. It should be...

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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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