For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius
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Military Family Supporters Receive Top Honors at Capitol Hill Event

National Military Family Association presents 2012 Support of Military Families Award

September 20, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VA September 20, 2012—The National Military Family Association celebrated several longstanding supporters of military families at its Capitol Hill reception last night. Since 1984, the Association has awarded the Support of Military Families Award to individuals and organizations that have worked to improve the lives of military families around the globe.

This year’s award recognizes the collaboration of Congressional committees and Department of Defense (DoD) family program staff since September 11, 2001. It expresses the National Military Family Association’s appreciation for Congressional and DoD support of military families sustaining their service members at war.

“Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the many deployments of all Services, we have seen an incredible response in the development of programs and policies in support of the families of the Uniformed Services. These honorees have authorized, funded, developed, and implemented these programs. We are thrilled to publicly recognize and honor these dedicated Americans,” said Chairman of the Association’s Board of Governors, Mary Scott.

Awardees at last night’s event served and supported military families with care, passion, and professionalism this past decade of war.

Awardees included the Members and Staff of the:

Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Subcommittees on Military Personnel

Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Subcommittees on Defense & Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

From the first days of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn, Congressional Committee Members and staff exercised bi-partisan cooperation to support service members, military families, and survivors. Members of Congress also authorized and funded vital programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program for the Reserve Component and behavioral health initiatives for all service members and families.

Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Shortly after the terrorist plane hit the Pentagon, the Office of Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) quickly responded to the immediate needs of victims’ families by  setting up a family assistance center in an Arlington hotel. MC&FP continued to address evolving challenges with innovative and responsive programs. Military OneSource provided geographically-dispersed families information, support, and counseling through its 800-number and website. MC&FP developed a resource base for the Exceptional Family Member Programs, which later evolved into today’s Office for Military Families with Special Needs. They also created the Military Homefront website, which gives commanders, service providers, and families access to information about DoD policies and programs.

Family Support Programs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard

The family support programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have never been put to the test as they have in these last 11 years. Each Service and each Component made a steadfast commitment to respond to the challenges brought on by the stress and uncertainty of war.  Whether a family lives on an installation or serves in a remote community, cares for a wounded warrior or has lost a hero, robust support programs now exist.

The 2012 Support of Military Families Award reception was sponsored by Delta Dental of California, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, Health Net Federal Services, US Family Health Plan, and Zeiders Enterprises.

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 44 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.

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