Association Briefs Congressional Caucuses on Community Support for Military Families
May 13, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, VA May 12, 2011— The National Military Family Association presented detailed findings early this week from Views from the Homefront: Longitudinal Research Examining the Experience of Youth and Spouses from Military Families and highlighted a new resource, Finding Common Ground: A Toolkit for Communities Supporting Military Families, at a joint Congressional Military Family Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill.
The briefing allowed the Association to present a comprehensive look at findings from the study it commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct on the effects deployments have on military families. Read the results or download the report from our website.
“Military families continue to tell us about their families’ experience after several years of war. But our Association knew that it was time to move from the anecdotal to the quantitative – facts that would support what military families are saying,” said Executive Director Joyce Raezer of the study.
After the release of the study, the National Military Family Association held a summit of experts to respond to the research findings. Based on the ideas that came out of this summit, the Association created Finding Common Ground: A Toolkit for Communities Supporting Military Families. This toolkit suggests easily-achievable action items and useful resources to guide anyone who wants to support military families, but doesn’t know where to start. Find more information on the toolkit here.
“The goal is to make sure best practices are replicated and military families have the targeted support they deserve,” said Government Relations Deputy Director Kelly Hruska.
Along with representatives from many Congressional offices, the briefing was attended by Laura Stultz, wife of Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve; Jodie Newton, wife of Lieutenant General Richard Newton, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force; Paula Roy, wife of Chief Master Sergeant James Roy, Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force; and Donna Wright, wife of Force Master Chief Ronney Wright, Force Master Chief of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
The House and Senate Military Family Caucuses hosted the Joint Congressional Briefing.
About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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