Turning data into solutions: How MFAN is filling immediate and long-term food insecurity needs


The Congressional Military Family Caucus hosted their 2021 Virtual Summit: Taking the Pulse of Military Families During COVID-19 on October 14, 2021. The event featured subject matter experts, family members, military-connected nonprofits, and legislative leaders to discuss the challenges as well as opportunities for military communities as the country emerges out of the pandemic. Shannon…

Are We or Aren’t We—A Force of One?


Did you read this headline? “Funding Rift Pits Active Army Against Reserves”  How about this one? “Guard Fight Gets Ugly” These headlines were precipitated by remarks from Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno at a recent National Press Club discussion on military budget cuts. During the event, he said “the National Guard would not be…

The 4-11 on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013


A hot topic among military families these days has been the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and its cuts to military retirees’ pensions through reductions to cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). COLAs are determined by the consumer price index based on the rate of inflation from the previous year. (For more information about COLAs and the difference…