An Evening With NMFA

In an evening filled with camaraderie and esprit de corps, the National Military Family Association hosted a reception on March 7 to celebrate military families.  Since 1984, NMFA has recognized individuals and organizations who have dedicated their public service to military members, veterans, and their families with the Support of Military Families Award. Last night, we honored three women who went above and beyond the call of duty to support military families this year. 

Barbara Thompson

NMFA Board of Governors Vice Chair, Mary Lynn Stevens opened the evening by reminding guests of the support system behind the military uniform. 

“After 16 years of war and continued deployments around the globe, our nation has looked to our troops to protect us,” she shared. ”Those troops look to their families for love, support, and strength. Their families look to us for respect and commitment to their well-being.”

NMFA’s Congressional Reception invited prominent guests, including Senator Jim Inhofe, Congressman Mike Coffman, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, past Support of Military Families Award recipient Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  Also in attendance was Surgeon General of the Army LTG Nadja West, Spouse of the Chief of Naval Operations Mrs. Dana Richardson, and many volunteers and members of NMFA’s Board of Governors and Board of Advisors. We also welcomed partner organizations of The Military Coalition (TMC), as well. 

Senator Patty Murray, Holly Petraeus, and Barbara Thompson received NMFA’s distinguished Support of Military Families Award.

Senator Murray was honored for introducing legislation allowing the VA to cover IVF treatment for veterans with a service-connected infertility.  “Military families sacrifice so much on our behalf,” she explained in a statement. “IVF is just one way to support those who support us. I am happy to have NMFA by my side.”  

Holly Petraeus

Holly Petraeus received her award for her work educating military families on financial readiness and protection. Mrs. Petraeus recalled and commended NMFA’s humble beginnings, “These visionary military spouses knew that military families needed a voice on Capitol Hill. Those forward-thinking spouses said ‘We need our own organization,’ and then they created one.” 

Barbara Thompson was honored for her nearly four decades of service to the military community. “Without a doubt, I’m very humbled to receive this award,” Thompson explained. “NMFA has been an amazing organization to work with,” adding that “they could tell the story that we couldn’t.” 

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” she said through the crowd’s applause. “So let’s move upward and onward to continue our support of military families.”

NMFA would also like to thank the evening’s title sponsor, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

PenFed’s 16 year partnership with NMFA has allowed us expand awareness about our work and sustain the advocacy and outreach we are known for. They support our Association volunteers, and link our members with high quality banking services and products. We are truly grateful to PenFed for its continued support of our work and for its broader support of service members, veterans, and their families. We were honored to have Mr. James Schenck, President and CEO of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, as well as of the PenFed Foundation, in attendance to help welcome Members of Congress, honor our award recipients, and highlight our long-standing partnership.

Also sponsoring the event were our Family Champion Sponsor, US Family Health Plan, and our Family Guardian Sponsor, Delta Dental. 

Posted March 8, 2017

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