About Us

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Our Legacy, our Vision, our Mission, and WHY

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What We Do

NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 45 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. Proudly, we have worked hard to earn 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator for ten straight years.

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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2013 Annual Report

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Our 2013 Audited Financial Statements

2012 Annual Report

2012 IRS Form 990

Our 2012 Audited Financial Statements

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Our 2011 Audited Financial Statements

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

FINRA — FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Application Period Open From March 2 to April 17  * March 2, 2015 

Program Helps Military Spouses Foster Their Own Careers and Maintain Financial Readiness in Military Communities. 

Military Times — Budget plan would cut commissary days, hours  * February 5, 2015 

NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer says the proposals have raised alarms in some quarters. "If you cut hours, cut days and cut savings, the benefit is no longer a benefit." 

Navy Times — Troops give early OK to proposed health care changes  * January 30, 2015 

NMFA told the NavyTimes that if the commission's health care plan is approved, troops, retirees and their families would have a steep learning curve to understand the new benefit and how to best take advantage of it. 

Associations Now — Defense Department Opens Door for Nonprofits on Bases  * January 16, 2015 

NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer welcomed the move, noting that Hagel’s directives help clear the air about when a nonprofit can get on base. 

Military Times — Mission Family: A different kind of resolution  * January 12, 2015 

Panelists at a recent leadership luncheon sponsored by the National Military Family Association discussed their views and efforts to achieve "work-life balance," in the context of military life. 

Washington Times — Report likely to reignite fight over troops’ pay, benefits  * January 7, 2015 

NMFA joins other leaders in the military community making predictions on the impending MCRMC report. 

Stars and Stripes — Commissary funds restored; base tobacco prices rising  * December 11, 2014 

House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. 

Military Times — DoD tightens child care background checks  * November 20, 2014 

"We're pleased that DoD is taking these necessary steps to ensure the safety of children" in DoD programs, said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. "Military parents need the assurance that their children are in a safe, nurturing environment and we feel this policy change is a step in the right direction. 

ABC 11 Fayetteville — Conference Focuses on Military Downsize, Family Transition  * November 20, 2014 

Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of the Arlington, Virginia-based National Military Family Association said Thursday that communities should increase access to these resources in order to assist the millennial military family. 

ABC World News Tonight — Honoring Veterans Day  * November 11, 2014 

David Muir honors Veterans during Veterans Day 2014. The National Military Family Association was there in New York for the events to honor military families with their Operation Purple float in America's Parade, hosted by the United War Veterans Council.  

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2015 Press Releases

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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

Find out the facts about our mobile app; a must-have resource for military spouses. 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

Membership Inquiries: Membership@MilitaryFamily.org

Donation Inquiries: Donations@MilitaryFamily.org

Website Inquiries: Webmaster@MilitaryFamily.org

Press Inquiries: PR@MilitaryFamily.org

MyMilitaryLife App Inquiries: App@MyMilitaryLife.org

Operation Purple Inquiries: OPC@MilitaryFamily.org

Scholarship Inquiries: Scholarships@militaryfamily.org

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Fax: 703.931.4600

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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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