A Twitter chat is like a meeting on Twitter; it has a specific discussion topic and a scheduled start time. Using the hashtag #MilCents at the end of each tweet, MFAN will ask questions to a group of financial experts.
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Military families move, on average, every 24 to 36 months, and each move sets each family back about $5,000. That’s money they’ll never be reimbursed for and will never recover. MFAN has collected data from military families over the past four years that show that financial stress is a primary burden during the permanent change of station (PCS) process. The COVID-19 crisis during this year’s moving season has added extra challenges that promise to make moving even costlier and more stressful than usual.Download
Quarantining at home through the stressors of COVID-19 has amplified issues in already problematic relationships, leading to a surge in domestic violence reporting nationwide. However, even before the pandemic, 81% of military community respondents to MFAN’s 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey, presented by Cerner Government Services, said they were aware of intimate partner violence in their neighborhoods and social circles.Download
In newly released data, only half of the military and veteran family members who responded to MFAN’s 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey, presented by Cerner Government Services, said they could easily access mental health care and their biggest obstacle was not having enough appointments available.Download
MFAN’s researchers found a statistically significant relationship between loneliness and active duty spouses who reported having poor experiences with the civilian community. The majority of responses, even those who rated their experiences positively, correlated to a rating of lonely on the UCLA Loneliness Scale.Download
More than one-fourth (27.4%) of actively serving military families have less than $500 in savings, and 23.4% have no financial assistance plan, according to survey data released today by the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN). These statistics raise serious concerns around the abilities of military families to weather a looming financial crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.Download
Thousands of viewers tuned in this week to watch a face mask sewing tutorial presented by the Military Family Advisory Network and R.Riveter, a handbag company founded by two military spouses and funded by Mark Cuban.Download