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…

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!


    So glad you’re here! In last week’s Thursday Three we mentioned that October is Financial Planning Month and shared some finance-related resources. Did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Learn more about how prevalent intimate partner violence is in the military and veteran community, and how our community experiences and perceives such violence here….

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…

A New Resource for EFMP Families 


Having a family member with unique health needs is stressful for anyone, anywhere. The challenges that come with the military lifestyle—frequent moves, deployments, living far from friends and family—add an additional layer of stress for military families with a family member enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). On Tuesday, June 23, MFAN will release…

The Real Cost of Moving


Every move can set a military family back about $5,000. That’s money they’ll never be reimbursed for and will never recover. And military families move, on average, every two to three years. MFAN has collected data from military families over the past four years that shows that financial stress is a primary burden during the…

These 8 Meals Will Get You Through PCS Season


Those last few weeks before you PCS can be difficult, in every way, right down to what to feed your family.   You don’t want to waste money by filling your fridge with foods that won’t get eaten, and you’d really like to use up what you have rather than tossing it all out. But you…

A Good Goodbye


PCSing military families find COVID-friendly ways for their kids to move on    Even in normal years, military life is tough on kids—and 2020 is not a normal year.   This year, about half a million military families will try to navigate the always-stressful PCS process with a heaping spoonful of coronavirus served on top of…

DoD Says It’s Time (for some) to Get Moving


This post was updated on June 4. It’s already a PCS season like none other, and—at least for some—it’s beginning.   On Tuesday, June 2, senior Department of Defense officials said that 30-40% of military personnel moves are already happening and that DoD officials are continuing to label regions of the country “green”, meaning that…

PCS Season is Here


PCS Season is Here   As the days get longer, weather gets warmer, and the school year winds down, we know that PCS season in nearing (or for some of us – already here!). We learned a lot from the PCS research we conducted last summer, and if you are PCSing this year, we’re thinking…

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,…