Webinar: A Guide for the Modern Military PCS


As part of the 1 Million Meals Challenge education series, MFAN hosted a webinar with MILLIE on August 25, 2021. The live event focused on navigating a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) through the lens of today’s modern military family. Have you recently experienced a challenging PCS? Not sure where to turn for help in…

MFAN Introduces 2021-2023 Advisory Board


Military and veteran spouses selected from nationwide search to represent their communities and provide a deeper understanding of what today’s military families need and value One of MFAN’s greatest assets, the advisory board is a talented group of military and veteran spouses who are leaders, changemakers, and champions for military families in their community and…

What to expect when the tenant bill of rights takes effect


Residents who live in military housing across the nation will soon be afforded new protections under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tenant Bill of Rights beginning June 1, 2021. What is the tenant bill of rights? In 2019, MFAN launched a survey to understand the experiences of military families living in privatized military housing. The…

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,…

MFFRC Meeting Update – What military families need to know


MFAN’s unique ability to convene key policymakers, public and private organizations, and other stakeholders dedicated to meeting the needs of military families enables us to meet those needs and create a plan of action to solve the challenges those families may face in the future. The Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC), convened by MFAN and made possible thanks…

Thursday Three Is Here!


In case you missed it, MFAN was in the news this week. Executive Director Shannon Razsadin spoke with The Virginian-Pilot about food insecurity and MFAN’s efforts to move the needle in making sure the basic needs of military service members and their families are met. And our very own Nikole Schmidt was featured on an episode of Hearts & Stripes talking about PCS’ing, military marriage (and MFAN). You…

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…

When Friends are Family


Celebrating Friendship In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly designated July 30 as the International Day of Friendship. And how beautiful is that?! During this time of debate and division, we all get to take one day to acknowledge how much it means to have people we like by our sides.    There are many hardships…

Even Before the Pandemic, Domestic Violence was a Problem in the Military Community 


“I received severe emotional abuse from my military spouse. Finally got strength to leave after a marriage of over 40 years,” — a divorced military spouse.  Military family members have whispered for decades about Intimate Partner Violence in our community. We’ve heard stories about friends and neighbors. We’ve been confidants for friends who needed help….

The two resources you need to find your dream job

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  You’re two months into quarantine and you’ve already binged your way through Netflix (and Hulu, and Amazon). You’re caught up on those books you’ve been meaning to read. You’ve baked loaves of sour dough and banana bread, redecorated, crafted, cleaned, and your dog…

When your spouse deploys without notice 


It was a Thursday in December, and I was cautiously navigating the Raleigh-Durham International Airport parking lot when my phone rang. It was my husband.    I answered, “Hello?”  “Hey, what are you doing?”  “I’m trying to figure out where I’m supposed to go to pick your mom up, so I can’t really talk. What’s up?”  “Well I just found…

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…