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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>>

Association Bylaws

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>>

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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

Military Times — DoD official: Let's talk about 'touchy' commissary issue  * September 29, 2015 

Defense Department proposals to change the way commissaries operate will not degrade the benefit — and there needs to be more of a conversation about that touchy subject, defense officials said Tuesday. “We’re not going to reduce the benefit,” said Brad Carson, acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, at a leadership luncheon of the National Military Family Association. 

Stars and Stripes — Military Update | DOD resists Hill push to roll back compound drug rules  * September 24, 2015 

“We have heard no complaints about access to compound pharmaceuticals” since the new rules took effect, said Karen Ruedisueli, a deputy director at NMFA specializing in healthcare advocacy. In fact before May, she said, complaints focused on the size of bills charged Tricare. One of her NMFA colleagues also got a prescription for scar fade cream and saw Tricare billed $11,000. Now marketers “have been badgering her and sending her unsolicited refills.” NMFA sees the new limits on compound drugs as “reasonable,” Ruedisueli said. One big worry was families with special needs children. But so far they report no problems getting the compound medicines they need. 

Belleville News-Democrat — Roger That: U.S. military is experimenting with invisibility technology  * September 21, 2015 

“The intent seems to be to treat the commissary like a grocery store, and I think that overlooks the fact that that’s not really its mission,” said Eileen Huck, a deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association. “Its mission is to provide a non-pay benefit to service members and their families.” 

Army TImes — Child care subsidy program moved from GSA  * September 10, 2015 

In an interview, Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association, offered a word of caution to service officials thinking of making changes to the fee subsidy program. “It’s important for the services to recognize how vital this service is for the families who use it," she said. "Anyone thinking about changing this service needs to be cautious, because it’s critical that military families to be able to afford high-quality child care.” 

Military.com — Pentagon Stats Show Rising Rates of US Military Child Abuse, Neglect  * September 3, 2015 

In addition to the uncertainty about downsizing, lingering effects of war and deployment and readiness [and] stress caused by sequestration and budget cuts, there are also the financial concerns: less money because service members aren't getting the deployment pay, two years of smaller pay raises, increased housing costs, fears over stability of benefits," Joyce Raezer added. 

Military Times — DoD's 'Future' vision doesn't overlook families  * August 30, 2015 

Family advocates are pleased to see that provisions affecting families have been added to the latest drafts of the Defense Department's far-reaching "Force of the Future" plan. “The first iteration of ‘Force of the Future’ didn’t mention families,” said Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. Raezer said she and others met with Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson and brought up the need to include families. “I’m pleased to see they’re including some of that,” she said. "“If you’re talking about the force of the future and looking at future demographics, women and families are an important part of that discussion.” 

NextGen MilSpouse — 15 Must-Have Apps for Every Day of Your Military Life  * August 28, 2015 

“My Military Life. This app has all the information you might need in regards to the military lifestyle. From forms to installations to spouse services to finances, this app has it all. This can help make your milspouse journey much easier. You can even customize to-do lists, it has reminders and it boosts suggestions by service branch, location and your specific needs. Definitely a must-have!” 

National Military Spouse Network — Ten Tips for a Successful Transition (Learned the Hard Way)  * August 28, 2015 

“Last week, I had the honor of participating in the #morethanaspouse Facebook party hosted by the National Military Family Association. By the time the party was over, I had answered nearly 300 questions on everything from careers, entrepreneurship to transition. An hour wasn’t quite long enough to share all the tips and thoughts about successful transitioning out of the military lifestyle so I wanted to follow up with a wrap up and throw in some other tips gleaned from our own transition a little over two years ago.” 

SpouseBuzz — How I Bloom Where I Am Planted  * August 7, 2015 

We are “home” now in the Washington, D.C. area. When I meet people, and they ask the typical “getting to know you” questions, I am always quick to tell them that I “just moved here” from Germany. The problem? I moved here a year ago. It’s probably time for me to stop saying “just.” 

Beacon Lens — Access to Behavioral Health Care Promotes Post-Traumatic Growth  * August 5, 2015 

“Behavioral health was an issue we avoided during my 20 years as an Army Infantry officer. It wasn’t until I began working for a national behavioral health company nine years ago that I understood the value of timely behavioral health care for our military.” 

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2015 Press Releases

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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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National Military Family Association Teams Up with Wounded Warrior Project to Send Military Kids to Camp

March 17, 2015 — The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, are teaming up to give more military kids an opportunity to experience free summer camp with their peers.

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National Military Family Association Testifies on Health Care Recommendations

February 25, 2015 — NMFA told the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee military families expect their careful consideration of proposals for military health care reform.

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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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MyMilitaryLife Press Kit

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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

MyMilitaryLife App Inquiries: App@MyMilitaryLife.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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