Media Mentions

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. 

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.” 

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. 

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. 

MilitaryTimes — Dunford: Military families key to national security  * October 11, 2016 

“I could never have remained on active duty without the support of Ellyn and the children,” Dunford said. “And we couldn’t, as a family, have stayed together without the support of many others.” Dunford spoke at the National Military Family Association’s leadership luncheon Tuesday, and noted that the organization is “at the top of the list” of organizations that offer support to military families, from being advocates to offering programs like scholarships for spouses and camps for children of troops who are deployed, and children of the wounded. 

Yahoo! Finance — TA-Petro Country Pride and Iron Skillet Restaurants to Present $5,000 to National Military Family Association  * September 20, 2016 

“We are so thankful to work with TravelCenters of America again this year to help bring awareness and support to our nation’s military families,” said Joyce Wessel Raezer, NMFA Executive Director. “It’s wonderful to be able to reach folks across the country through TravelCenters of America’s great facilities and partnership.” 

The Cipher Brief — What about Military Families? This Election’s Key Stakeholders Need Answers  * September 16, 2016 

How can the next administration best support our service members and the families who stand behind them? Last Sunday marked 15 years since the tragedies of September 11. That day brought our country to its knees, and today’s service members have been living in its aftermath—at war—for 15 years. Thousands have died. Tens of thousands have been wounded, both physically and mentally due to post- traumatic stress. The Department of Defense (DoD) reports almost 300,000 American troops are deployed in 250 locations around the world. 

MilitaryTimes — Troops and their families can expect cuts to pools, libraries and other MWR programs  * September 8, 2016 

“The problem with leaving all the decisions up to the garrison commanders is that there don’t seem to be good standards on what the basic level of support services should be,” said Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. That organization expects to meet later this month with Army officials to get more information about the guidelines for the cuts, she said. 

Modern Healthcare — Advocates look within military community to help curb mental health provider shortage  * September 7, 2016 

The National Military Family Association in recent months has ramped up its efforts to help military spouses enter the mental health profession with scholarships, mentoring programs and information to support training and licensure. “There's access to providers, then there's access to providers who have the cultural competency about the military community,” said NMFA's executive director Joyce Wessel Raezer. "Who better than military spouses to provide that cultural competency?” 

DoDLive — These Kids Just Got a Lesson in What Their Military Parents Do  * August 20, 2016 

Operation Purple gives military children of deployed or injured service members a chance to go to a weeklong camp for free to relax and play with peers who get their lifestyle. At one of those camps in Maryland this week, 100 kids ages 9 to 12 got to learn from some special guests, too – about 30 soldiers from Aberdeen Proving Ground. 

Military Times — Commissary savings compared to outside the gates: Will customers get answers?  * August 19, 2016 

"We've been saying all along they need to have a better understanding of the savings level before they implement changes [in the commissary pricing structure]," said Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association. "If this new methodology does that, it's good, but right now there's not enough information about it." 

The Huffington Post — Supporting Veterans Shouldn’t Only Happen During Holidays  * August 18, 2016 

I know that lots of folks give to orgs supporting vets and milfams around Independence Day and Veterans Day, but I think it’s critical that we’re giving back year-round. What have you been doing to support our troops? 

Valley News Live — Operation Purple Camp gives military children a break  * August 16, 2016 

Operation Purple Camp is for kids ages 7 to 15 and allows them to be around kids that have gone through similar things. There are 25 camps across the country and the organization teamed up with Camp Cormorant after realizing they didn't have a camp in this area. "We feel these kids serve too, with their parents moving and all the sacrifices their family makes so we're excited to give these kids a week of fun," said YMCA Camp Cormorant Coordinator, Kim Belgarde. Every branch of the military is represented this week at Camp Cormorant and Operation Purple Camp is sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. 

The Emporia Gazette — Sen. Roberts visits Camp Wood  * August 9, 2016 

Operation Purple is in full effect this week at Camp Wood YMCA, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts stopped by to visit the campers. The program is sponsored by the National Military Family Association and gives kids aged seven to 17 a chance to go to summer camps across the country. Roberts, a Marine veteran himself, attended the camp as a youth and scheduled the visit in support of Operation Purple. “This is very special for youngsters, sons and daughters of people in uniform who are protecting our country,” Roberts said. “This is a neat program … here you learn to get along with others, you learn things that you didn’t think you could do and it’s an experience where you can come together in a team effort.” 

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