Media Mentions — Applications Open for 2016 Operation Purple Camps  * March 3, 2016 

The National Military Family Association recently announced that applications for Operation Purple Camps are now OPEN! WHAT IT IS: Operation Purple Camps are week-long camps offered to military-connected kids and teens for FREE. WHERE & WHEN: There are several Operation Purple Camps offered FREE OF CHARGE throughout the U.S. for various dates throughout the summer of 2016. — Some Commissary Price Increases Likely Next Year: Lawmaker  * February 8, 2016 

"It puts at a disadvantage families living in locations where already they are dealing with a high cost of living," said Eileen Huck, a deputy government relations director at the National Military Family Association. "I haven't seen numbers that demonstrate how adopting this model would make the commissary more efficient and allow it to operate at a lower appropriation." 

MilitaryTimes — Military leaders promise to extend child care hours, shorten wait lists at child development centers  * February 3, 2016 

“We are very pleased that the Secretary recognized the importance of child care to military families with young children. Extending CDC hours so they line up with service members’ working hours will make a significant difference to a number of families,” said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. 

The Wall Street Journal — Defense Secretary Ash Carter Moves to Update Military Benefits  * January 29, 2016 

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is moving to update the military-benefits system to place it more on par with the private sector, saying changes are needed to recruit and retain the highest-quality personnel for the armed forces. 

Huffpost Impact — Boots in the Woods  * January 26, 2016 

In recent years, the outdoor center that I lead (IslandWood) has extended our services to many new audiences, including military veterans and their families. I have written in the past about the role nature can play in helping veterans and their families heal in the face of physical and mental health challenges associated with combat and long deployments. Recognizing the restorative power of the outdoors, organizations like the National Military Family Association, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the Wounded Warrior Project hold family programs in natural settings across the country. 

MilitaryTimes — Scholarship opportunities available for military children, spouses  * January 8, 2016 

The National Military Family Association’s Military Spouse Scholarship Program, online entry deadline of midnight Jan. 31. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 are awarded to spouses pursuing various levels of education or professional advancement. Funding can be used for a wide range of educational pursuits, including all levels of degrees, certification programs, vocational training, licensure fees and exams, professional courses and classes, continuing education credits, high school equivalency programs, and English as a Second Language classes. Spouses of service members in any branch, anywhere in the world, can apply with a valid military ID. — York County man bikes U.S for charity  * January 8, 2016 

Most recently, D'Apice completed a 24-hour marathon ride across Texas on Christmas Day and raised close to $10,000 for his charities -- Pencils of Promise, National Military Family Association and Connecting Families – supporting both Third World education initiatives and soldiers’ families here at home. It was by far his best one-day total. 

Military Spouse J.D. Network — NMFA Scholarship Opportunities for Military Spouses  * January 5, 2016 

Now that the chaos of the holidays is over, the time has come to think about the National Military Family Association (NMFA) Spouse Scholarships. Applications are currently being accepted, but only until January 31. The NMFA Spouse Scholarship is a one-time payment that can be used to fund a military spouse’s schooling, professional certification, or licensing. It is an amazing scholarship and education opportunity that you must take advantage of. 

MilitaryTimes — New commissary pricing models to be tested  * January 4, 2016 

The goal is to maintain current benefits while finding more efficient ways to operate to achieve "significant savings for the taxpayer." These definitions and benchmarks are critical, said Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. "How do they define the benefit, so they can measure whether or not they're reducing it? How will they determine the tangible and intangible benefits? How will they determine the benchmarks?" she said. 

MilitaryTimes — Consumer Watch: App might make charitable contributions easier  * December 18, 2015 

Veterans Call lets you set up a recurring donation of $5 or $10 a month that’s automatically added to your cellphone bill. There’s no requirement to use a credit card, and the donation can be stopped or changed at any time. The app is free; it is available for download at Google Play and iTunes. There is no fee to donate, and no recurring fees. 

MilitaryTimes — HASC panel to focus on military health care  * December 11, 2015 

During a forum hosted by the NMFA last month, HASC lawmakers and staff said that the structure of military hospitals, clinics and Tricare “isn’t working,” according to HASC professional staff member Jeannette James. “We must maintain the military health system so it can sustain our service members for their readiness, and we also need to make sure our families’ benefits remain intact,” James said. 

MilitaryTimes — Medical readiness, access are top health reform priorities, advocates say  * December 6, 2015 

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee personnel panel, military organization representatives said the top complaint they receive about the military health system, including Tricare, is patients' inability to make appointments, mainly at military hospitals and clinics. National Military Family Association executive director Joyce Raezer said reform must fix the long-standing wait time issue and also "change a culture at military hospitals that says it is OK to tell military families with sick children they must call back the next day or go to the emergency room for care.” 

Stars and Stripes — After 'death spiral’ warning, Tricare reform begins on Capitol Hill  * December 3, 2015 

The National Military Family Association told House lawmakers that it also supports major reforms because its members are frustrated by lack of access to health care as well as a patchwork of military rules that change between services and bases and often create barriers for families trying to get treatment. In one instance, a military spouse who was 28 weeks pregnant moved to a new base with all of her medical records but was told she had to take a pregnancy test before being treated, said Joyce Raezer, the group’s executive director. 

Stars and Stripes — Congress, beneficiary groups prepare for health reforms  * November 25, 2015 

The House committee has held a roundtable discussion with the military surgeons general and informal talks with beneficiary organizations. National Military Family Association sponsored a panel discussion on Capitol Hill this month where Thornberry made opening remarks. 

WKOW — Harley-Davidson creates tribute motorcycle for USS Milwaukee  * November 23, 2015 

To celebrate the spirit of her namesake city, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Harley-Davidson to design a one-of-a-kind motorcycle to honor the U.S. Navy. The program is part of a yearlong campaign to support the National Military Family Association. The campaign will help the organization provide scholarships for military spouses, host camps for kids who have parents serving on long deployments and help families reconnect after their loved one returns home. 

SunHerald — Military Update: Carter's 'force of the future' tallies only modest changes  * November 21, 2015 

"I was disappointed that there weren't more things related to the current military, especially families," said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, after key advocacy groups were briefed on the plans. "The only thing mentioned really family related was (more members) choosing their own reason to take a sabbatical. In terms of the currently serving force, there wasn't a whole lot." 

The Cipher Brief — Remembering Military Families  * November 10, 2015 

As Veterans Day approaches, I find myself thinking about the veterans in my family—three generations. There is my 95-year-old father-in-law, who did his World War II service as an enlisted man in the Army in North Africa, Italy, and France. Next is my husband, whose nearly 40-year Air Force career started during the Vietnam War, continued on through the First Gulf War, and wars in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has since retired, but the War on Terror continues. And there is our daughter, who began her Air Force career during the First Gulf War. She served five years on active duty and another 15 as a reservist. 

The Cipher Brief — Veterans Day  * November 10, 2015 

It is impossible to create long-term well-being for the veteran by focusing on the veteran alone. In the National Military Family Association’s survey of families transitioning out of the military, spouses asked for better information to support their veterans, but they also expressed fears about their own identities upon leaving the military. They will wear no insignia or special clothes to identify themselves as veterans’ families, but they need the rest of America to seek them out and help them build a new identity as members and assets in their new communities. 

BakersfieldNow — Vet bikes through Bakersfield in cross-country fundraiser  * November 4, 2015 

"Part of the message I am spreading is that we can do anything we put our minds to, and the bike is just one more display of that," said D'Apice. He started his journey in May and has traveled close to 6,000 miles so far. "I started in New York City, went up to Portland, Maine. From Portland, I came under the lakes and across the country to Seattle, and then from Seattle now I am on my way to San Diego. And then after San Diego, I cross the country again down to Miami, at least, and then work my way up to New York City, where it all started," said D'Apice. He plans on riding 11,000 miles to raise awareness and money for three charities: Pencils of Promise, Connecting Families and National Military Family Association. 

WindsorNow — Oil Can Henry's aims to break company record for military family donations by end of October  * October 24, 2015 

Oil Can Henry’s in northern Colorado will continue a second year of giving to military families, but the 2015 celebration marks a greater commitment from the company. The campaign — dubbed Be a Star to Military Families — is a company-wide initiative to benefit the National Military Family Association. The association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of military families. Their Operation Purple Program includes children and family programs that help families through each stage of military deployment. 

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