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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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Wanted by Employers: Seasoned Volunteers

On Monday, Americans honored the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many by participating in the MLK Day of Service, part of the United We Serve initiative. Groups, individuals, and families came together to clean up their communities, help the underprivileged, and assemble care packages for deployed service members in a celebration...

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DoD Serving Up Commissaries for Cuts

When I read the headline DoD Requests Plan to Close Stateside Commissaries and the article about DoD’s recent efforts to consider offering up stateside commissaries in response to ongoing budget battles, I knew our military community was in for a rough ride. According to the article, the defense comptroller and the Joint Staff directed the...

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Connecting Veterans and Military Spouses With Jobs at the AUSA Annual Meeting

The unemployment rate for veterans—especially post-9/11 veterans—and military spouses is above that of their civilian counterparts. Thankfully, many organizations have developed programs, resources, and events focused on hiring and career training for veterans and military spouses, and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is no exception. The 2013 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition...

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Annual Conference Tackles Issues Plaguing Today’s Military Community

At the 2013 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Retired Army Colonel David Sutherland told an audience of military families: “The American people know what we are, but they don’t know us.” Col. Sutherland stressed to the AUSA attendees that our nation’s military and nonmilitary communities need to unite in...

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A Vision Bigger Than Ourselves

Looking ahead toward Veterans Day, and being interviewed by MFAN about my military service and how things have changed over the last 30 years, got me to thinking about the Whys and Whats of service. For me, the Why was simple—my whole life I’ve had a vision of being or doing something bigger than myself....

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New VA-DoD Tool Connects Parents and Children

Every parent knows that parenthood is a tough job. Military and veteran parents know the job is even harder because of the challenges and unpredictability of military life—and the transition to civilian life can be equally stressful and uncertain for them and their families. Thanks to a new online tool called Parenting for Service Members...

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A Democracy Broken: When the American Government Stops Working

Veterans’ benefits, military pay threatened as shutdown continues Each morning in classrooms around this nation, our children pledge allegiance to that American flag that is a symbol of freedom, of hope, and of promise. Yet as the clock tolled on Oct. 1, 2013, the government for which the red, white, and blue stands stopped working....

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight

MFAN is proud to feature advisory board member Janet Sanchez and her organization, Esposas Militares Hispanas USA, during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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MFAN Members Participate in White House Summit

On the eve of the federal government shutdown and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 10 Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) advisory board members spent last Monday at the White House meeting with government officials and military nonprofit leaders.

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Welcome to MFAN’s Blog!

Welcome to Military Family Advisory Network’s (MFAN) blog. MFAN advisors—spouses, caregivers, veterans, and partners of veterans and service members—have a lot to share, and we’ll use this blog to:

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