For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicole Matos

Association Provides Expertise to Create New Resources for Military and Veteran Families

April 23, 2013

The National Military Family Association helped launch a new set of resources to help our community relating to military and veteran families with the Department of Defense (DoD), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Military and Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University. The “How to Help Military and Veteran Families” publication series debuted on April 15, in support of April as “Month of the Military Child” and the two year anniversary of Joining Forces, the initiative to support military families launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Association Executive Director Joyce Raezer kicked off the event, held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC, as emcee.

“Our families have been at war for more than 10 years and will need continued support in transitioning back into their communities,” said Raezer. “We are thrilled to have provided insight into the best ways each audience can connect with military and veteran families. The National Military Family Association created toolkits specific for kids, teens and community – but this series offers a more in-depth breakdown for 11 audiences within the community, making this a natural opportunity for us to work together. We applaud the USDA, DoD, and MFRI for understanding the need for these resources.”

The in-depth series will feature publications tailored to audiences such as medical professionals, faith-based communities, educators, employers, financial institutions, legal professionals, first responders, mental health professionals, and families and friends. Each issue provides evidence-based guidance on how a particular group can help military and veteran families, with short, practical suggestions and links to additional resources. Each issue has been carefully reviewed both by subject matter experts and military family members selected from the National Military Family Association Volunteer Corps.

CAPT Todd Veazie (USN), Executive Director of Joining Forces spoke at Monday's event, as did Charles (Chuck) Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, and Catherine Woteki, USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics. Also at the podium was Jimmy Henning, Associate Dean and Director for University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

Find current releases of "How to Help Military and Veteran Families" on our website at To learn more about the National Military Family Association, please visit

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

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