About Us

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Our Legacy, our Vision, our Mission, and WHY

Military Families Silently Serve

What We Do

NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.” Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve. Learn More>>  

Our Story

In 1969, our Association was founded by a handful of military wives who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were properly taken care of. Two short years later, the Survivor Benefit Plan became law, and the Association has been hard at work ever since. A small, but determined, group of spouses around a kitchen table has expanded into a strong force of military families representing all ranks and Services. Our Historical Timeline 1969 to Present>>

Help Us

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By giving, you make it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of service members, spouses, and their children. Learn More>>

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Want to help make the world a better place for our military families? Volunteer with us. Learn More>>

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Join a community of individuals, corporations, and foundations who are helping us affect great change for military families’ quality of life. Learn More>>

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Find out more about our valuable programs and resources for military families to include camps, scholarships and more. Learn More>>

Join Our Team

Are you looking for a job that is more than just a job? The National Military Family Association makes a difference in the lives of military families and we want you to be a part of it! The Association is a high-energy, fast paced, business casual work environment and we understand your family obligations. Does it sound like a fit for you? Call us at 703.931.6632 or fax 703.931.4600. Learn More>>

Our team is comprised mainly of military spouses and former military members. We walk the walk and talk the talk on a daily basis. We are subject matter experts in the area of military family needs, issues, and benefits.

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Our Advisors

Our Board of Advisors brings knowledge and experience essential to our ability to deliver high-quality programs and services to the families behind the uniform. Learn More>>

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Our Board

Our Board of Governors holds the ultimate responsibility for the oversight of governance, finances and strategic vision of our Association. They give their time, treasure and talents to ensure we do our best to support military families. Learn More>>

Inside NMFA

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Our Staff

The people who work at our Association are key to the success of our advocacy. They’re military spouses, former service members, and even black belts, and they share one goal: supporting, empowering, and fighting for military families. Learn More>>

Association Timeline

Association Timeline

We've been around since 1969 and have been tirelessly advocating for military families since the Survivor Benefit came about. Learn More>>

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Want to know the rules and regulations our organization follows? Learn More>>

Equal Employment Opportunity Policies

The National Military Family Association is committed to ensuring equal opportunity. Learn More>>

Code of Ethics

The National Military Family Association seeks to follow the highest ethical standards. Learn More>>

Privacy Policy

The National Military Family Association is committed to protecting your information online and maintaining full disclosure regarding your information and how it is used. Learn More>>

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Our Association meets all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for Charity Accountability. We hold an "A" rating from CharityWatch. We rank at the "Gold" level on the GuideStar Exchange.

The National Military Family Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

EIN/tax ID number: 52-0899384

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Through our continued advocacy on behalf of military families, we have commanded respect throughout the military and civilian communities. You can feel confident in your donation, as we:

  • Meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for Charity Accountability
  • Hold an "A" rating from CharityWatch
  • Rank at the "Gold" level on the GuideStar Exchange
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Press Kit

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We can give your story a military family perspective. Our subject matter experts are available to speak on any military family related topic, including: TRICARE, military spouse education and its challenges, military spouse employment and licensure, military children’s issues, and how government decisions affect military families. Access our Press Kit>>

Contact Us

Click here for our mailing address and directions to our office in Alexandria, VA

In the News

MilitaryTimes — Consumer Watch: App might make charitable contributions easier  * December 18, 2015 

Veterans Call lets you set up a recurring donation of $5 or $10 a month that’s automatically added to your cellphone bill. There’s no requirement to use a credit card, and the donation can be stopped or changed at any time. The app is free; it is available for download at Google Play and iTunes. There is no fee to donate, and no recurring fees. 

MilitaryTimes — HASC panel to focus on military health care  * December 11, 2015 

During a forum hosted by the NMFA last month, HASC lawmakers and staff said that the structure of military hospitals, clinics and Tricare “isn’t working,” according to HASC professional staff member Jeannette James. “We must maintain the military health system so it can sustain our service members for their readiness, and we also need to make sure our families’ benefits remain intact,” James said. 

MilitaryTimes — Medical readiness, access are top health reform priorities, advocates say  * December 6, 2015 

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee personnel panel, military organization representatives said the top complaint they receive about the military health system, including Tricare, is patients' inability to make appointments, mainly at military hospitals and clinics. National Military Family Association executive director Joyce Raezer said reform must fix the long-standing wait time issue and also "change a culture at military hospitals that says it is OK to tell military families with sick children they must call back the next day or go to the emergency room for care.” 

Stars and Stripes — After 'death spiral’ warning, Tricare reform begins on Capitol Hill  * December 3, 2015 

The National Military Family Association told House lawmakers that it also supports major reforms because its members are frustrated by lack of access to health care as well as a patchwork of military rules that change between services and bases and often create barriers for families trying to get treatment. In one instance, a military spouse who was 28 weeks pregnant moved to a new base with all of her medical records but was told she had to take a pregnancy test before being treated, said Joyce Raezer, the group’s executive director. 

Stars and Stripes — Congress, beneficiary groups prepare for health reforms  * November 25, 2015 

The House committee has held a roundtable discussion with the military surgeons general and informal talks with beneficiary organizations. National Military Family Association sponsored a panel discussion on Capitol Hill this month where Thornberry made opening remarks. 

WKOW — Harley-Davidson creates tribute motorcycle for USS Milwaukee  * November 23, 2015 

To celebrate the spirit of her namesake city, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Harley-Davidson to design a one-of-a-kind motorcycle to honor the U.S. Navy. The program is part of a yearlong campaign to support the National Military Family Association. The campaign will help the organization provide scholarships for military spouses, host camps for kids who have parents serving on long deployments and help families reconnect after their loved one returns home. 

SunHerald — Military Update: Carter's 'force of the future' tallies only modest changes  * November 21, 2015 

"I was disappointed that there weren't more things related to the current military, especially families," said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, after key advocacy groups were briefed on the plans. "The only thing mentioned really family related was (more members) choosing their own reason to take a sabbatical. In terms of the currently serving force, there wasn't a whole lot." 

The Cipher Brief — Remembering Military Families  * November 10, 2015 

As Veterans Day approaches, I find myself thinking about the veterans in my family—three generations. There is my 95-year-old father-in-law, who did his World War II service as an enlisted man in the Army in North Africa, Italy, and France. Next is my husband, whose nearly 40-year Air Force career started during the Vietnam War, continued on through the First Gulf War, and wars in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has since retired, but the War on Terror continues. And there is our daughter, who began her Air Force career during the First Gulf War. She served five years on active duty and another 15 as a reservist. 

The Cipher Brief — Veterans Day  * November 10, 2015 

It is impossible to create long-term well-being for the veteran by focusing on the veteran alone. In the National Military Family Association’s survey of families transitioning out of the military, spouses asked for better information to support their veterans, but they also expressed fears about their own identities upon leaving the military. They will wear no insignia or special clothes to identify themselves as veterans’ families, but they need the rest of America to seek them out and help them build a new identity as members and assets in their new communities. 

BakersfieldNow — Vet bikes through Bakersfield in cross-country fundraiser  * November 4, 2015 

"Part of the message I am spreading is that we can do anything we put our minds to, and the bike is just one more display of that," said D'Apice. He started his journey in May and has traveled close to 6,000 miles so far. "I started in New York City, went up to Portland, Maine. From Portland, I came under the lakes and across the country to Seattle, and then from Seattle now I am on my way to San Diego. And then after San Diego, I cross the country again down to Miami, at least, and then work my way up to New York City, where it all started," said D'Apice. He plans on riding 11,000 miles to raise awareness and money for three charities: Pencils of Promise, Connecting Families and National Military Family Association. 

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2015 Press Releases

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National Military Family Association Teams Up with Laurel & Wolf for Big Surprise

December 9, 2015 — NMFA was honored to partner with virtual interior design company Laurel & Wolf to surprise a deserving military family with a bedroom transformation.

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Military Spouse Scholarship Applications Now Open from the National Military Family Association

December 1, 2015 — The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, is now accepting applications for its annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program.

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World Education.net to Provide Quarterly Spouse Scholarships through Partnership with the National Military Family Association

November 18, 2015 — World Education.net and the NMFA are teaming up to give military spouses the opportunity to earn exclusive scholarships for career training.

General and Mrs. Hayden to Be Recognized for Unwavering Support of Military Families

September 24, 2015 — NMFA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Anna C. Chennault Award as General Michael V. Hayden and Mrs. Jeanine Hayden. The Anna C. Chennault Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of NMFA through their own donations, donations by others, or who have otherwise assisted in accomplishing the Association’s mission of education, information, and advocacy.

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Meg Falk to Receive Support of Military Families Award for Career-Long Support for our Nation’s Families

September 22, 2015 — The Support of Military Families Award honors individuals and organizations who, through their own work or leadership, have made changes which positively affect the lives of America’s military families around the world.

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Military Spouses Receive Fellowships to Conduct Financial Counseling

August 17, 2015 — Fifty military spouses throughout the United States and overseas have been awarded the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's 2015 Military Spouse Fellowship. The FINRA Foundation fellowship provides spouses with the training necessary to earn the AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor) designation.

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National Military Family Association Receives Grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation

July 7, 2015 — NMFA received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to bring together public agencies, private organizations and the caregiver community to identify best practices for successful outreach to the vulnerable wounded population and to learn how to connect the families of the wounded to available services.

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Sequestration still a threat to military families: Congress must end it!

June 4, 2015 — The total effect of sequestration on military families remains unclear. What is clear is that military families do not deserve the uncertainty resulting from sequestration and the threat of more budget cuts.


National Military Family Association Announces New Government Relations Director

May 27, 2015 — NMFA is pleased to welcome their new Government Relations Director, Kelly B. Hruska.

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National Military Family Association Teams Up with AcaciaTV to Keep Military Families Across the Globe Healthy & Fit

May 8, 2015 — The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, and AcaciaTV, whose mission is to keep families healthy and fit while making exercise easy and accessible for everyone, are teaming up to give service members and their families a way to stay fit from the comfort of their own homes.

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Press Releases

Find out more about what we’re doing to support military families by reading recent press releases, or dig into the archives for a look at what you may have missed. Learn More>>

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If you would like more information about the National Military Family Association and the services we provide, please use the contact information below. Our Association does not provide financial assistance.


General Inquiries: Info@MilitaryFamily.org

Donation Inquiries: Donations@MilitaryFamily.org

Membership Inquiries: Membership@MilitaryFamily.org

Operation Purple Inquiries: OPC@MilitaryFamily.org

Press Inquiries: PR@MilitaryFamily.org

Scholarship Inquiries: Scholarships@militaryfamily.org

Volunteer & Community Outreach: VCOAdmin@Militaryfamily.org

Website Inquiries: Webmaster@MilitaryFamily.org

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National Military Family Association, Inc.
3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 425
Alexandria, VA 22304

Driving Directions to Our Headquarters

Driving Directions to 3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304:
Note: We’ve found that most GPS programs have a little trouble with our address. You will have better luck getting here if you enter the cross street next to our building: Cameron Parke Place.

You can reach our office from the Capital Beltway (I-495) by getting off at either the Telegraph Road or Eisenhower Connector exits. We are located about a mile between both exits.

  • From the Telegraph Road exit (176B), follow the signs for Eisenhower Avenue West. Our office is located just past the Extended Stay Suites Hotel. Turn right at the light for Cameron Parke Place.
  • From the Eisenhower Connector exit (Exit 174), turn right on Eisenhower Avenue and go one mile, turning left at the light for Cameron Parke Place.

The parking structure is located behind the building. Many of the spaces on the lower level are reserved, so you probably want to look for a space on the upper level. The sidewalk leading to the rear building entrance is located at the southeast corner of the parking structure. Our office is on the 4th floor, Suite 425.

Public Transportation Directions to 3601 Eisenhower Avenue:
Take the Yellow Line to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro stop.
Take the #7 Dash Bus (towards Landmark Mall), which goes west on Eisenhower. After passing Bluestone Road and the Extended Stay Suites hotel, get off at the stop in front of our building.


Take the Blue Line to the Van Dorn Street Metro stop.
Take the #7 Dash Bus (towards Jefferson St. and Fayette St.—Lee Center), which goes east on Eisenhower. Get off at the stop across the street from our office, right before the light for Cameron Parke Place.
Go to www.wmata.com for schedule information.

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