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>>

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>>

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

Marine Corps Times — Tracking military kids' performance in school  * July 11, 2015 

"States can assist DoD in developing policy and military child education initiatives, by identifying military children and providing data on their educational outcomes," according to the DoD's USA4MilitaryFamilies.org website. "Common sense tells us that kids are affected by their parents' military service. However, currently there's no data to tell us how the military lifestyle impacts kids' academic achievement," said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. 

The Daily Courier — Operation Purple Camp: for military children right in our backyard  * July 9, 2015 

Along the Agua Fria River within the hilly depths of Mayer, the YMCA has been hosting a week-long summer camp at Chauncey Ranch just for these children every year since 2010. Known as Operation Purple Camp, the experience is about bringing together kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, according to the National Military Family Association (NMFA). The National Military Family Association puts on Operation Purple Camp every year at locations throughout the country. 

WQOW.com — Veteran stops in Eau Claire on bike trip across America for charity  * July 9, 2015 

D'Apice is an army veteran and an English teacher. He has dedicated the next year of his life to biking around the perimeter of the United States, touching each of the four corners. He started his journey from New York on May 4. His goal is to raise $100,000, with plans to split the money between three charities: Pencils of Promise, Connecting Families and the National Military Family Association. D'Apice told News 18 that his inspiration came from the time he spent oversees teaching to the underprivileged. 

SpouseBuzz — How More Military Members Could Get Food Stamps  * July 8, 2015 

But insiders like Joyce Raezer, the executive director of the National Military Family Association, warn that while changes to how military families receive (or don’t receive) SNAP are needed, the contentious nature of the food stamp program means they are unlikely to happen. Every time lawmakers start fiddling with food stamps and other similar social assistance programs big political battles go down, and even the biggest military family fans are hesitant to open that can of worms. 

The Emporia Gazette — Senator Moran stops by Operation Purple Camp  * July 7, 2015 

United States Senator Jerry Moran stopped by the camp on Monday to spend some time with the children. “In part I’m here to say thanks to a group of people who are committed to a great cause, the kids whose moms and dads serve us in the military,” Moran said. “And particularly after this July 4 weekend, it’s great to see Americans caring for children of those who serve in the military.” Moran said that efforts such as Operation Purple go a long ways for those that they benefit. “This is critical. We change the world one person at a time,” Moran said. “A lot of what goes on in Washington, D.C., is about the law, but the reality is that that’s only a small part of making our country a better place. 

Stars and Stripes — Plan to privatize commissaries killed; 'couples BAH' cut survives  * June 18, 2015 

The right way to look at it, said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, is that BAH is integral to every member’s compensation. Watching senators now make “piecemeal changes to [an allowance] system that works boggles the mind,” she said. 

WFMZ-TV — Operation Purple Camp' enlists those ready for fun  * June 18, 2015 

Operation Purple Camp was in full force Thursday at the South Mountain YMCA. The camp is for children with parents who are currently deployed or have served in the armed forces. Campers played some relay games, checked out military vehicles and did arts and crafts. 

Military.com — Senate Panel Backs Military Retirement Change, Troop Pay Raise of 1.3%  * June 13, 2015 

"Lawmakers on a Senate panel agreed to overhaul the military retirement system and give troops a less-than-expected pay raise next year. ‘Troops deserve the 2.3% pay raise,’ Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, an advocacy group based in Alexandria, Virginia, tweeted on Wednesday.” 

The Baltimore Sun — Congress battles over cuts to military commissaries  * June 11, 2015 

While the commissary issue is a small piece of the defense authorization bill, it is being watched closely by more than a dozen veterans and military groups that oppose the privatization effort. "Our position has always been that the value of this benefit is in the savings that families achieve by shopping there," said Eileen Huck of the National Military Family Association. "We're very concerned about any proposal that would erode the value of the benefit." 

Voice of America — US Military Spouses Battle Career Obstacles  * May 23, 2015 

Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, said the face of the military has changed over the past several decades. “The family force was a much smaller percentage of the total force 50 years ago,” she said. Raezer added that military spouses today expect the same opportunities as civilian spouses, and that includes a career. “So,” she said, “military family expectations have forced a lot of changes.” 

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2015 Press Releases

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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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National Military Family Association and Webster University Team Up for Military Spouses

February 11, 2015 — The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, announced today a new collaboration with Webster University to offer military spouses exclusive access to its most preferred tuition rates. These most preferred rates can save military spouses between $100 and $400 per credit hour depending on their undergraduate, graduate, and online options.


National Military Family Association Announces Legislative Priorities for 2015

February 11, 2015 — Each year, NMFA works with families to find out what’s important to them in their military communities around the country and the world. Those discussions help define the legislative priorities. Find out what issues made the list.


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 Services: VSRAdmin@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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