Holiday Resources for Military Families


Our research tells us that many military families struggle with food insecurity and budget shortfalls. You may have trouble putting food on the table year-round, and this stress is even more apparent over the holidays.  We believe that all families should have the resources they need to serve their families healthy, nutritious meals and that…

Thursday Three Is Here!


  Another Thursday, and we’re so glad you’re here!   In case you missed it, we celebrated National Day of the Deployed on Monday – a chance to honor those who have deployed or are currently deployed and the families who stand by their side.   And MFAN’s senior director of research and program evaluation, Dr. Shelley…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! We’ve got news to share and your “to do” list for the week ahead all right here. Some important items to add to your “to do” list…   (1) Vote! (Read what Executive Director Shannon Razsadin shared with We Are The Mighty about the top issues facing military families this election and why…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! Did you know that October is Financial Planning Month? This is a great time to think about your finances – before diving headfirst into holiday spending. Need a head start? We talk about everything from getting out of crisis mode to investing on the MFAN blog.   Our researchers, Drs. Michele Kimball and Jennifer Hurwitz,…

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Happy Thursday! It’s been an action-packed week here at MFAN.   On Tuesday, the Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC) held its quarterly meeting. The goal of this coalition and these roundtable meetings is to build collaboration and open lines of communication among those who work to support military family financial readiness.  …

Thursday Three Is Here!


    Back to school season. Cue the round of deep sighs…. We’re talking about it in a blog this week, complete with resources to support you and your favorite military kids during a school year like no other.   Also this week, MFAN participated in two panels at the (virtual) Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA) Fall Workshop – talking about how to best ensure military…

Thursday Three Is Here!


  Happy Thursday! This past week registration opened for the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Virtual Launch Camp, an online workshop designed specifically for military spouses interested in exploring the field of entrepreneurship. This event, a collaboration between MFAN and SEED SPOT, is made possible by the Association of Military Banks of America. Interested? Register here.   Executive…

Thursday Three Is Here!


Does it seem like another week has passed? Perhaps as kids head back to school (either virtually or in-person), we’ll get one step closer to the good old days when we remembered what day it was when asked!   In last week’s Thursday Three, we talked about continued tensions between DoD and DHA over the handover of military medical facilities. In an update…

Thursday Three Is Here!


This past week we celebrated International Day of Friendship and the Coast Guard’s 230th birthday. We talked about how you can potentially save thousands using your SCRA (Servicemembers Civil Relief Act) benefit. And, MFAN was featured in The Jacksonville Daily News in an article highlighting the 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey and our commitment to addressing the challenge of food insecurity among military families.   It’s been a busy and productive week for…

Thursday Three is Here!


As we get closer and closer to the November election, we want to reiterate something we’ve asserted since our incorporation as a nonprofit. MFAN is, has been, and always will be a non-partisan organization. We are passionate about educating ALL military families about the issues that impact them and the importance of voting, but we…

Fun Things to Do at Your Duty Station: Colorado Springs 


With Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command, and possibly Space Force, a lot of lucky military families get to call Colorado Springs home, at least for a little while—and many choose to stay forever.   Surprisingly mild winters,…

Thursday Three is Here!


Life in a time of COVID-19 is a lot like military life in general. You can plan all you want but ultimately, there are times when someone else is going to make the calls that affect your life. You spend a lot of time in hurry–up–and–wait mode. And if you can’t make it better, you can choose to embrace it and…

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…

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…

Ask Me About Our Holiday Apart


My husband and I have been together for almost twenty years. We have spent literally dozens of holidays apart due to deployments, his TDYs, and my work travel. Our first separation as a couple was in the days following 9/11, and time spent apart has been the norm ever since. My children, who are still…