The Heroes of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion


  We’ve all been frustrated with delayed mail – especially of late as a global pandemic and high demand have coupled to leave many of us waiting far too long for mail delivery. Well, during World War II, there was a 2-year mail backlog. More than 7 million soldiers stationed in Europe were waiting for mail, which was the only connection…

Breaking Barriers


  General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the first Black chief of a military service. After being sworn in, he talked about those who came before him breaking barriers – influences like the Tuskegee Airmen (we highlighted them earlier this month) who paved the way for him…

Key Takeaways – Military Housing Roundtable Meeting


  Last week, MFAN hosted the quarterly meeting of the Military Housing Roundtable (MHR). The primary goal of the MHR is to support all military families in their homes regardless of where they choose to live and to ensure access to healthy, safe, and affordable housing. (Want more information on the roundtable and other coalitions MFAN convenes?…

MFAN & WWP investigate opportunities for improved support for post-9/11 veteran families


Post-9/11 veteran families facing disparate experiences with social determinants of health need customized responses. The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) have partnered to examine the needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members, caregivers, families, and children to provide recommendations for how to best serve them. The research identified two distinct populations:…

Pioneers in the Air


Image by Vernon Greene, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs   While Black soldiers had been fighting for the United States since the Revolutionary War, they were not afforded the opportunity to pursue specialty roles or leadership command. During World War I, many unsuccessfully sought to enlist and train as military pilots. It was more than…

Wells Fargo Joins Military Family Advisory Network to Support Housing and Financial Health Coalitions


  The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce a continued collaboration with Wells Fargo, reinforcing the commitment of both to healthy, safe, and affordable housing and financial wellness and stability of military families.   MFAN’s work focuses on the modern military family and clearly understanding the support needs of a group that is statistically…

Food Resources for Military Families with School-Aged Children


    You may have seen the news today about Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) and SNAP expansion. Here’s the scoop: President Biden signed an executive order calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress to issue new guidance that allows states to increase the emergency benefits available via P-EBT and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure…

Bringing the Right People to the Table


    Here at the Military Family Advisory Network, our approach to our mission is unique. It is guided by our research (which is only possible through your trust in us and your willingness to share your stories), our diverse group of peer advisors and alumni (who share with us what they’re hearing in communities at home and…

The Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition at Work


      Participants of the Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC) recently gathered for their quarterly meeting to discuss the most pressing needs of military and veteran families around the issues of financial health and readiness. The strength of this gathering is the ability to hear from so many organizations with a vested interested in military families’ financial wellbeing, and particular topics rose to the top…

Cheerful Giving and Full Bellies


On Tuesday, December 22nd, we hosted the Military Family Advisory Network Holiday Food Event, the first of what we intend to be many food distribution events across Texas in the year to come. Partnering with the Food Care Center and the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness, and thanks…

State of the State: Texas


  Military Family Advisory Network’s (MFAN) research over three years revealed that an alarming number of military families face food insecurity. One in eight survey respondents in 2019 reported experiencing food insecurity. Our data showed that survey respondents in Texas were experiencing higher frequencies of food insecurity among national respondents, with one in six families…

Special Edition Thursday Three!


This last week has been rough for us all. Sure – there was the Marine Corps’ birthday (ya’ll are looking great at 245 years young!) and Veterans Day (we appreciate veterans every day). But there was also the aftermath of an election (which hasn’t been fun for anyone regardless of personal politics) and lots of…

Thursday Three Is Here!


  Happy Thursday and Happy National Veterans and Military Families Month! Every November we honor and recognize military families and the sacrifices they make to support their service members. Interested in learning more? Click here.   In last week’s Thursday Three, we shared details about a special partnership between MFAN and Kendra Scott (and how 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…