Media Mentions

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). 

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. 

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. 

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.” 

BlueRidgeNow — Camp offers fun, support for military kids  * July 29, 2016 

More than two million children have felt the effects of seeing a parent, or two, deployed with the U.S. military since 9/11, which is where Operation Purple summer camp in Kanuga comes in to play. The week-long camp, known as Operation Purple, is a branch of the National Military Family Association and has been hosted by Camp Bob at Kanuga since 2008 at no cost to the campers or their families. 

Fox 23 News — Government wants more data on military members' food stamps  * July 21, 2016 

Eileen Huck of the National Military Family Association echoed the same concern. "It's really hard to know what to do if you don't know how big the problem is or who is affected by it," Huck said. Farrell recommended the Defense Department start collecting more complete data of all food assistance programs and that it work with the USDA to access its information. 

The Huffington Post — Operation Purple Camp: Supporting Veterans, Families, and Kids  * July 6, 2016 

To combat potential emotional, social, and academic issues, there’s been a massive growth of military family support programs. In 2004, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) founded one such program, Operation Purple® Camp (OPC). Named for the mix of service line colors - Army green, Coast Guard blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue - OPC offers children of military families a free week of summer camp. Since its founding in 2004, more than 55,000 military kids have attended the week-long camps across the country. This year alone, more than 2,600 military kids will have the opportunity to go. — Push to Ease Licensing for Military Spouses Remains Patchwork by State  * July 5, 2016 

Despite movement in all 50 states to ease professional licensing regulations for military spouses, rules remain inconsistent and, in most cases, difficult to navigate, military family experts say. "They're not all created equal, and they don't cover every single profession," said Katie Savant a government relations strategist for the National Military Family Association. 

Overdrive — Active, retired military eligible for free meal July 4  * July 1, 2016 

TA is also encouraging customers to order a meal in support of the National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit helping military families. Participating Country Pride and Iron Skillet locations will donate $1 to the NMFA for each entree ordered from a select menu from June 28 to Aug. 5. 

SpouseBuzz — New Network to Support MilSpouse Mental Health Professionals  * June 15, 2016 

A new support network from the National Military Family Association and Give An Hour seeks to make professional life a little easier – and a little more impactful – for military spouse mental health professionals. It’s no secret that there’s a mental health provider shortage in the U.S. as a whole, and an even more acute one in the military community, said Ingrid Herrera-Yee, a National Guard spouse, clinical psychologist and founder of Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians (MSBHC). Many military spouses are in the mental health field – and the Defense Department and VA are hurting for mental health providers with a background in the community. But spouses face what Herrera-Yee sees as an unreasonable and unnecessary uphill climb to schooling, licensure and finding work within their own community, where their personal expertise could best be used. 

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