We’re Hiring a Qualitative Data Analyst!


Please Note: This is a temporary contractor role, and we expect approximately 20 hours per week between November 2021 through February 2022. The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), a national nonprofit organization that serves military families, is seeking a part-time qualitative data analyst to code large data sets of textual information. This is a virtual…

Turning data into solutions: How MFAN is filling immediate and long-term food insecurity needs


The Congressional Military Family Caucus hosted their 2021 Virtual Summit: Taking the Pulse of Military Families During COVID-19 on October 14, 2021. The event featured subject matter experts, family members, military-connected nonprofits, and legislative leaders to discuss the challenges as well as opportunities for military communities as the country emerges out of the pandemic. Shannon…

A Primer for Children: How To Talk About Sept. 11 and Afghanistan


The lives of those in the military community were changed in tangible and intangible ways following 9/11. As a community, we’ve learned a lot, as we endured the longest war in our nation’s history. We’ve seen deployments, said goodbyes and we’ve missed family events and milestones. The events of Sept. 11 seeped into areas of…

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…

We’re Hiring TWO Part-Time Local Outreach Coordinators: Fort Hood, Fort Bragg


Outreach Coordinator The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), is hiring an experienced outreach coordinator for each of the following locations:  Ft. Hood (Texas), and Ft. Bragg (North Carolina). This boots-on-the-ground role will be responsible for working with our community partners to coordinate food distributions benefitting military families facing food insecurity. Each programmatic effort is intentionally…

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…