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…

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…

SECDEF Explains COVID-19 Impact on DoD and Milfams


Secretary of Defense Mark Esper joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman Ramón Colón-López at a Pentagon town hall Tuesday. (Watch the video here.) They took turns answering questions submitted by troops and military family members about how the Department of Defense is responding to the…

Relationship Advice for Military Couples


This time of year is all about love and romance, but ask any couple and they’ll tell you a good relationship requires a lot more than just a card and some chocolates.  All relationships take work, but the added stressors of military life mean that military couples need to be especially conscious about taking care of their relationships with their spouse.  By…

Introducing the Military Housing Roundtable


It’s been exactly one year since MFAN shared the results of the 2019 Privatized Military Housing Survey with Congress. Since the first Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on February 12, 2019, we’ve shared what we’ve learned widely, we’ve met with the Department of Defense, with several of the Services, with GAO, with nonprofit and business…

Help is not a Four-Letter Word 


As a chaplain, I have the opportunity of spending a lot of time with service members and their families. I often see them through the best and worst moments of their lives, but most importantly, I see them in the everyday moments too.  Just last month, I participated in a “Families of the Deployed” event…

A Military Family Holiday Story


This guest post is by Joanna Guldin, a member of our 2019-2021 Advisory Board. This is the second post in a series titled The Resiliency of Military Families: Sharing the Whole Story. It was the first Christmas of our marriage. It also happened to be the first and only time I had eaten Christmas dinner…

MFAN Introduces Fourth Advisory Board

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce the members of the 2019–2021 advisory board. These 14 individuals have been based at 57 duty stations, both in and outside the continental United States, and currently reside across the country. The new group includes the spouses of active duty service members and veterans from…

Privatized Military Housing Updates You Need to Know


After the incredible number of research responses, eye-opening testimonies, and media attention surrounding the conditions in privatized housing at some military installations, we are seeing change happen. We have three updates about privatized military housing that you need to know. First, DoD wants your input on the Tenant Bill of Rights! If you live in…

Attention Graphic Designers: We’re hiring!

MFAN is hiring a graphic designer! If you have a knack for translating written content into compelling graphics, all while maintaining a strong brand and style identity, we want to hear from you. Education/Experience: An associate or bachelor’s degree in fine art design, marketing or related discipline is preferred. Four plus years in professional design…

Top 3 Ways to Find Summer Meals in your Local Community

How is summer going to impact your family’s bottom line? Are you dreading the additional fees for summer sports, camps, and/or childcare for your kids? Or, are the potentially unreimbursed PCS costs keeping you awake at night? Unfortunately for some military families, the additional expense of meals, normally covered by the free and reduced lunch…

Job Opportunity: Grant and Proposal Writer


We’re Hiring! MFAN is looking for an exceptional grant and proposal writer to join our growing team. In some cases, a grant proposal is the first introduction to our organization, so a successful candidate will be skilled at making that first impression count. If you are a polished, love grammar, can tell remarkable stories, AND work…

Advisory Board News


MFAN Advisory Board News   Thank you to our 2017-2019 advisory board MFAN recently hosted the last advisory board meeting for the 2017-2019 cohort. We were joined by guests from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is looking to MFAN for partnership support on the 2020 Census, as well as the Commission for Military, National, and…