Media Mentions

WUNC Public Radio — After Decades, Military Commissaries Ready For Big Changes  * March 7, 2017 

"Especially for families in remote or high-cost locations or families living overseas, [the commissary] is a very valuable benefit and really vital to their well-being," said Eileen Huck, Government Relations Deputy Director at the National Military Family Association and an active duty Navy spouse. Huck said she's worried that changing how commissaries operate could fundamentally alter what they're all about.  



Dayton Daily News — Soldiers told they are losing child care because of hiring freeze  * February 23, 2017 

A letter sent Wednesday to service men and women at Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany said all part-day preschool and day-care programs would close due to a government-wide hiring freeze, which was one of Trump’s first actions in office. Kelly Hruska of the National Military Family Association said parents at Fort Knox received a similar letter. “No parent wants to worry about their child," Hruska said. "And so this just adds additional stress.” 



USMC Life — Enlisted leaders go to Congress to maintain military readiness  * February 16, 2017 

In a recent survey of 9,000 military spouses, 30 percent who use a military hospital reported they rarely or never get an acute care appointment within the 24-hour access standard, a finding reinforced by the Defense Health Agency’s own transparency data. “Service members can’t focus on the job if their spouse can’t get a job, their sick child can’t get a doctor’s appointment or if there’s not quality childcare available,” Joyce Raezer, NMFA’s Executive Director added. 



AmeriForce — Will DoD study suicides of military family members?  * February 13, 2017 

After the Jan. 21 murder-suicide at Fort Hood, representatives with the National Military Family Association told the Statesman that suicides among military wives, husbands, and children appear to be up, but not enough study has been done on the issue. “Anecdotally, we have heard that suicide rates among military families have increased,” Karen Ruedisueli, Deputy Director of Government Relations for the association said. “As deployments decrease, people may think that behavioral health resources for families are no longer needed. The residual effects will be long-lasting.” 



Federal News Radio (1500 AM) — Troop increase, hiring freeze could pose problems for military families  * January 27, 2017 

NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer told Federal News Radio if the President and Congress increase military end strength, her organization would like to see a proportional increase in personnel support funding. “That would be childcare centers, staffing and resources at the family centers, health care access. If we add more troops to the force, but don’t change the resourcing for our military health care facilities then what will probably happen is our families will probably have a harder time getting a medical appointment for themselves or their kids,” Raezer said. 



Military Times — Study: Academic performance varies widely among districts serving military students  * January 24, 2017 

“We need to look at best practices for supporting military kids as they move from state to state and make sure they are adopted by school districts everywhere,” said Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association, who also agreed with researchers' conclusions regarding "the importance of high, consistent academic standards." 



Military Times — Advocacy group asks Mattis to back military families, fill key DoD jobs fast  * January 22, 2017 

"Military families need your commitment to provide the necessary support to promote family readiness," the National Military Family Association wrote in a message to Mattis, a retired Marine general who is beginning his first full week of work in the Trump administration. "Military family support and services should not be casualties of budget battles on Capitol Hill, and we are ready to arm you with the information to justify their necessity and end sequestration."  



Yahoo Finance — BlueStar HonorCare partners with National Military Family Association in support of veteran families  * January 10, 2017 

BlueStar HonorCare has committed to a yearlong partnership with NMFA, pledging to donate a portion of every dollar of revenue to the organization. "In many ways, NMFA's mission parallels BlueStar's mission to serve veterans and their spouses as they age," said BlueStar HonorCare's Chief Executive Officer Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr. (ret.). 



Stars and Stripes — Groups worry historic commissary reforms could fail  * December 23, 2016 

It is a risky move for the military community – troops, families, retirees and disabled veterans -- that depends on the stores, said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. “If you break this system, how possible is it going to be to right the ship?” Huck said. “This is an entirely new business model. This isn’t something that they’ve ever had to do before.” 



Military Times — Defense bill promises better access to urgent care, primary care for military families  * December 20, 2016 

Urgent care referrals won't be required, allowing greater access to that care to military families and ending other common care problems — the need to visit an emergency room to treat an ear infection or sore throat, for instance, according to the National Military Family Association. The NMFA called this part of the bill "the most significant win" among the family health care provisions; it would take effect no later than a year after the bill does. 



Dothan Eagle — Local women benefit from military family scholarship program  * December 14, 2016 

firsthand that it’s costly for military spouses to start and stop their educations because of frequent moves, separations, and other challenges of the military lifestyle,” said Joyce Raezer, NMFA executive director. “It also delays their entry into the workforce, which really affects these families’ financial stability. NMFA started this scholarship and professional funds program to help reduce the extra out-of-pocket costs military families bear due to their service to this country. They already sacrifice a lot, so it’s important that we level the playing field where we can.” 



Military Times — Veterans groups: We cannot afford to start over' with new VA leadership  * December 14, 2016 

The push, lead by officials at Got Your 6, includes signatures from the leaders at AMVETS, the Marine Corps Reserve Association, the National Military Family Association, Wounded Warrior Project and others. 



Stars and Stripes — If NDAA bill passes, troops would see biggest pay increase in years  * November 29, 2016 

The National Military Family Association has said troops are being “nickel-and-dimed” and that a higher pay raise is among its top priorities. 



Federal News Radio — 2.1 percent pay raise, TRICARE changes make it to final NDAA  * November 29, 2016 

“The past three years, the pay raise has been lower than the Employment Cost Index (ECI) … in the military it’s spelled out in law that their pay raises would not drop below ECI,” said Kelly Hruska, government relations director for the National Military Family Association. “Service members include this in their family budgeting.” 



The Washington Post — STEM support eases transitional paths for military and veteran families  * November 11, 2016 

“When a service member is transitioning, their entire family is transitioning with them,” said Besa Pinchotti, communications director at the National Military Family Association (NMFA). “Their own education and career are put on the back burner. The biggest challenge is the frequent moves and uncertainty of everything, and not knowing where their next deployment is. You can’t really plan for it.” 



Vancouver Sun — The Home Front: Online interior design clicks with consumers  * November 10, 2016 

“There’s all sorts of fascinating scientific studies that are starting to come out that speak to this in far more depth than I can,” she says. “But we’ve done work with the National Military Family Association and we did a master bedroom for veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, because they’ve shown that well designed, well organized bedrooms actually help veterans suffering from PTSD sleep better.” 



MilitaryTimes — Dear President-elect: Advocacy group's open letter to Trump outlines key concerns of military families  * November 9, 2016 

War has taken a toll on military families, but so has the uncertainty of dwindling benefits, wrote Joyce Raezer, the association's executive director, in a letter published Wednesday morning on the the NMFA website. “Military families are tired of the uncertainty, and worried about more unfulfilled promises from leaders who have their loved one’s life in their hands," the letter states. "Now that the election is over, let’s work together to keep the needs of military families front and center as an essential part of military readiness.” 



NPR — With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?  * October 23, 2016 

Eileen Huck, of the National Military Family Association, thinks that the $1.4 billion is being spent well now. "It's something that's really important to military families," she says. Huck says the subsidized savings offers troops a consistent grocery bill no matter where they're stationed — overseas, in remote locations, or expensive urban areas. And commissaries have intangible benefits. "It's the place where you go to run into other military friends and connect with the community," she says. "So while it's intangible and obviously hard to measure, it's important to a lot of people, and can't be replicated at a Walmart or a Costco." 



BusinessWire — Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton Surprise U.S. Navy Family with Well-Deserved Vacation  * October 21, 2016 

Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) award-winning all-suite, extended-stay hotel brands, announced today the winners of the “Travel MANager #1 Dad” Sweepstakes hosted in partnership with the National Military Family Association (NMFA). 



U.S Department of Defense — Dunfords Praise Military Family Group for Building Support Network  * October 11, 2016 

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife today thanked the National Military Family Association for its efforts, stressing that service members cannot protect the nation without the kind of support that groups like NMFA provide. Joe Dunford and his wife, Ellyn, spoke at the NMFA leadership luncheon here. The general compared military family life today to what he and his wife faced early in his career. In his first company command, about four senior staff noncommissioned officers were married, he told the group. Today, 51 percent of the force is married, and another 6 percent are single parents. 



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