The Tenant Bill of Rights – What You Need to Know


This policy is a direct response to the many brave military families who shared their stories with us through our research, to members of Congress, to military leadership, and the media. It’s not easy to speak up, but here at MFAN, we know that data is powerful, and we appreciate the nearly 17,000 families who…

Changes are coming to the child care waitlist 


Child care is notoriously challenging to find. Across the country, families struggle to place their children in safe and affordable care and are often on waitlists for a significant amount of time. Military families often have extra considerations when seeking care for their children due to extended work hours, unexpected travel, and distance from family members and loved ones.  A new memo from…

Social Media Rules for Military Spouses 


Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps are a fantastic way to keep in touch with loved ones at home and friends and neighbors from previous duty stations.  I love getting the chance to see my friends’ babies turn into kids and celebrate their latest successes in spelling bees and on the basketball courts.  But,…

Setting SMART Goals for a New You


Judging by my social media feeds, most people are setting resolutions for 2020 with the hope of being a little bit happier and healthier in 2020. If you’re focusing on health and wellness in the New Year, you aren’t alone! This time of the year, the gym is packed and everyone seems to be starting a new…

Is Military Life Worth the Wear and Tear?


As I write this, my husband is sitting on the couch with his foot, bandaged and bruised, propped up in front of him. We are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, but we won’t be out dancing this time. This is the third time this year that he’s recovered from surgery on the couch. All…

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…

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…

Military Family Advisory Network Marks Its Fifth Year, Expands Board of Directors to Meet a Growing Need for Services


WASHINGTON — Now in its fifth year, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) has become a premier resource for thousands of families worldwide who face the challenges of military life, providing tools to help them succeed. To further strengthen its efforts, MFAN is adding two board members, Elisa Basnight and Rory Brosius, who have extensive…

Moving: An Inevitable Part of Military Life


Military family life is filled with both opportunities and challenges, and that is never more evident than during moves/PCS season. Families who participated in the 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey told their stories of dealing with the stresses of moves. They shared great information with us about the number of times they have moved,…

Families: An Essential Part of Military Life


Families are at the heart of MFAN. We strive to represent their interests in everything we do. So, as part of our Military Family Support Programming Survey, we asked military families across the nation about the challenges and opportunities that come with military life. They sounded off on marriage, divorce, and issues that affect children,…

Keeping the Best of the Best


The U.S. military services have experienced some of the best recruiting and retention numbers in the past 13 years of war. They have also gained the exceptional expertise and training that has been invested to maintain and sustain an all-volunteer force that is ready, willing and able to defend our country. This ready force requires…

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…

My Platform for Military Spouse of the Year


When I think about “platforms,” I can’t help but picture sequins, sashes, tiaras, and prayers for world peace. That’s not to say I would ever disparage those who do the pageant circuit; I was just never blessed with the genetics or predisposition to become involved in such things. So when I was asked for my platform…

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…