For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius
PR@MilitaryFamily.org
www.MilitaryFamily.org
703.931.6632

Association Releases “How To” Guide for Supporting Military Families

March 25, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA March 25, 2011— The National Military Family Association’s newest publication, Finding Common Ground: A Toolkit for Communities Supporting Military Families is available online and suggests easily-achievable action items and useful resources to guide anyone who wants to support military families, but doesn’t know where to start.

The toolkit is the product our 2010 Summit on Military Families and follows the release of our Association sponsored RAND research, Views from the Homefront: The Experiences of Youth and Spouses from Military Families. Experts in the fields of military family support, childhood development, women's issues, and behavioral health identified innovative and pragmatic ideas that could make positive differences in the lives of military families. The recommendations from the Summit are organized in this newly released document and can be found online at www.militaryfamily.org/community.

As American military forces continue their engagement in two wars, provide humanitarian relief in Japan, and support UN missions in Libya, military families are stretched thin and the consequences of multiple deployments are enormous. The well-being of military families is a national concern, but also a measure of military readiness. As stated in the President’s budget, “The strength of our troops relies on the strength and the stability of the families that support them…” Family strength depends on the coordinated support they find in both their military and civilian community.

In addition to recommendations from our Summit on Military Families, the toolkit includes specific tips for:  

  • Family, Friends, and Neighbors
  • Military Families
  • Educators
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Child and Youth Serving Professionals
  • Community, Civic, and Religious Leaders
  • Philanthropic Supporters
  • Employers
  • State and Local Government Officials
  • Federal Government and Military Leaders

Readers are encouraged to use the ideas and resources provided to start conversations and stimulate action to support military families.

For our part, we are committed to sharing these recommendations with key government, military, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who can implement the ideas. The National Military Family Association will convene follow-up conversations with the philanthropic and business communities to seek funding for some of the initiatives imperative to improved family support.

This project was made possible through the support of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Health Net Federal Services, United Concordia, and US Family Health Plan. The printing of this resource was sponsored by DefenseWeb.

About the National Military Family Association
Military families serve our country with pride, honor, and quiet dedication. The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. We provide families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, work to get them the benefits they deserve, and offer programs that improve their lives. Our 40 years of service and accomplishments have made us a trusted resource for military families and the Nation's leaders. To learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.

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.

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