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5 Things You Need to Know about Military Spouse Employment Problems

June 15, 2017

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation unveiled their survey results on Military Spouses in the Workplace at the Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Military Spouse Employment Summit in Washington DC on June 14. The HOH initiative, launched in 2011, was designed to connect military families to meaningful employment opportunities. The program has helped more than 30,000 transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses find employment through job fairs and hiring events. And the 2017 employment survey was commissioned to understand the impact s…

PTSD Affects Military Spouses

Military Spouses: Are You Experiencing PTSD Symptoms?

June 13, 2017

Four months after a 15 month deployment, Jenny began having vivid nightmares about leading her soldiers into enemy territory. In her dreams, Jenny witnessed every member of her squad get “picked off, one by one”, she recalled. “I would wake up almost every night in a cold sweat, clutching my chest where my weapon was supposed to be. I kept thinking ‘why didn’t I shoot back? Why didn’t I save them?’ That’s right around the time I’d wake all the way up and realize: I didn’t save them bec…

MilSpouseFest Mirror

Bringing “More Than a Spouse” to MilSpouse Fest 2017

June 9, 2017

If you follow NMFA, you know how we feel about military spouses—they’re the ones who hold it down on the homefront so our military can do its work. But spouses do so much more than that. They ARE so much more than that… which is the inspiration for our award winning #MoreThanASpouse campaign designed to encourage military spouses to set goals, network, and build a community of like-minded spouses. For the last two years, MilitaryOneClick has taken its’ interactive military spouse event on the road to military communiti…

Childcare is more than a readiness issue

Child Care is More Than a Readiness Issue

June 6, 2017

It’s no secret that military families experience the same child care issues as their civilian counter-parts--the lack of quality or affordable child care is a problem across the United States. But for military families, the absence of quality, affordable child care can quickly go from an inconvenience to a matter of national security. Family readiness is essential to our military’s mission readiness. The military family’s ability to maintain a stable home front is imperative for our troops to keep their eyes on the mission. F…

PTSD Awareness

Is PTSD Affecting YOUR Family?

June 1, 2017

Throughout history, it’s been called soldier’s heart, shell shock, war neurosis, and the ‘thousand-yard-stare.’ Today, it is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While names and descriptions for this condition have changed over the years, one undisputed fact exists among them all: PTSD has long been a consequence of war. PTSD is widely considered a normal stress response to abnormal events. Even though most people have stress reactions following a trauma, their emotions and behavior will typically get better …

4 Things to Know BEFORE Becoming a Military Caregiver

May 30, 2017

The role of caregiver is an important one, but rarely one that is anticipated or prepared for. Yet, many unsuspecting spouses, parents, family members, and friends have found themselves assuming this role without warning to care for a wounded, ill, or injured service member. We know that behind every wounded service member is a wounded family who bears their own battle scars. These caregivers need support too. If you find yourself in the caregiver role, there will be many responsibilities you may not be familiar with, or resources you may not…

TRICARE Dental Changes

TRICARE Dental: Frustrations Continue With New Network Changes

May 25, 2017

We asked you to tell us your thoughts about the new United Concordia TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) contract. And we heard you loud and clear: you’re not happy. With TRICARE, contract changes are a fact of life and there is always some level of discontent with those changes. We have been vigorously working on this issue for your military family. So what’s the real problem here? There are two parties responsible for the quality of the TRICARE Dental Program benefit. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is responsible for procurement and …

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Military Families Will Pay More Money for Healthcare…Again.

May 24, 2017

It’s no surprise that more than a decade of war has led the military to sacrifice readiness levels, including those requirements that would modernize our force. But how will the Department of Defense (DoD) fix the problem? The DoD wants military families and retirees to pay more money for healthcare. That’s right. It’s not enough that our service members have provided the manpower for more than a decade of conflict—some serving multiple combat tours, sustaining life-altering injuries, even dying in uniform. Now, the Do…

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DoD: Military Members Will Pay for Their Own Readiness

May 24, 2017

On May 23, the Trump Administration released its budget proposal for FY 2018, which will begin on October 1. The budget includes proposed funding levels for every government agency, including the Department of Defense (DoD), and reflects the policies and priorities of the new Administration. As expected, the budget proposal includes significant increases for the DoD—a total of $639 billion, which is $54 billion more than was requested for this year. The increased spending reflects widespread concern that 15 years of war and a sustained h…

TRICARE Mental Health

NMFA Continues to Monitor Mental Health Networks During TRICARE Contract Transition

May 18, 2017

Many thanks to military families for alerting us to concerns about TRICARE’s mental health provider network. As many of you know, TRICARE’s managed care support contracts will transition on January 1, 2018. Health Net will administer the West Region while Humana will manage the East Region (a combination of the current TRICARE North and South Regions.) Military families in the East Region contacted our Association with concerns about mental health providers leaving the TRICARE network due to reduced reimbursement rates. We take…

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PCSing Overseas? New DoD Screening Process Hits Select Installations

May 17, 2017

Going Overseas? Families moving overseas for military orders will soon have another screening process to add to their list of things to do. The new process is called the Family Member Travel Screening (FMTS), and is currently being piloted at select installations in the United States and overseas. It’s designed to determine whether a military family’s needs are being met at current and future duty stations. So what’s different about the FMTS? The paperwork. In the past, when a service member with dependents received orders o…

We Are All Advocates: NMFA Executive Director Shares Tips for Making a Difference

May 16, 2017

“Know your rights as a military spouse and family, and as an American citizen,” National Military Family Association Executive Director Joyce Raezer told a room full of military spouses and supporters May 12 in Washington, D.C. Raezer spoke on the “Advocacy 101” panel of Homefront Rising’s 2017 conference, along with Ashley Broadway Mack (American Military Partners Association), and Megan Poane (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes). The panel aimed to teach military spouses how to make a differe…

Interstate Compact Roadblocks

How To PCS-Proof Your Mil-Kid’s Education

May 9, 2017

Moving can be an exciting adventure to a new land, but there are bound to be some worries of what may lie ahead—especially for military kids, who move an average of 9 times before they graduate from high school. Being prepared beforehand can help keep some of those worries at bay, especially when it concerns your child’s education. Military Interstate Compact “The Compact” is an agreement between all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, designed to smooth the transition for military-connected kids as they move bet…

Military Spouse 101 Classes

Military Spouse 101 Classes: Do They Really Help?

May 5, 2017

Becoming a military spouse can be full of happiness, frustration, anxiety, excitement, and host of other mixed emotions. It’s becoming more common for new spouses to look for information and resources about military life through internet search engines or social media. While these may be great methods for researching and connecting virtually with others who have walked the milspouse path, there’s just one missing element to this formula: face-to-face connection! There’s just nothing quite like learning from people living the s…

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Heads Up on Student Loan Snag

May 2, 2017

If you haven’t filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, you better start soon, or you may find yourself ineligible to receive additional funding through state or institutional grants. Applying for financial aid can be a confusing process, and it’s about to get even more confusing. Without warning, the IRS removed its Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) from the FAFSA website on March 3, citing a data breach that may have affected up to 100,000 tax-payers. The DRT was designed …

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Supporting Beyond Month of the Military Child

April 28, 2017

America’s military, and the families who stand behind them, has changed. When NMFA began its journey in supporting military families, the majority of draftees were single. Today, almost 50% of service members are married, with nearly two million children in tow. As the nation’s military evolved, military families began experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. To help them cope, we created Operation Purple Camps (OPC), which focuses on bringing military children together to summer camps around the country for a free week of fun…

TRICARE Dental Program Changes

Changes Coming to the TRICARE Dental Program

April 10, 2017

Changes are coming for military families covered by the TRICARE Dental Program. United Concordia will begin administering the TRICARE Dental Program as of May 1, 2017 for dependents of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members. Retirees and their families are not affected by this change and will still be covered under a separate TRICARE dental program. What’s changing with the dental plan? Certain coverages are expanding under United Concordia, including the annual maximum benefit, which will increase from $1,300 to $1,…

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Military Families Brace for What’s Next In Syria

April 7, 2017

It has been less than 24 hours since President Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian airbase, and military families are watching intently. According to news sources, almost 100 innocent Syrian civilians—including children and even babies—died from the effects of the recent chemical weapons attack and many others continue to suffer. In his press conference, President Trump called on all civilized nations “to end the bloodshed in Syria and end terrorism of all kinds and of all types.” The Syrian government reportedly ha…

National Guard + Reserve Family Support

National Guard and Reserve Families: We Know You Need Support, Too

April 5, 2017

The National Guard and Reserve troops make up approximately 40-50% of the military forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Army projects an increase in the use of Reserve Soldiers in 2017 to meet operational needs. But unlike active duty, Reserve and Guard families often do not live anywhere near a major military installation, and with that distance, the vital link of support for those military families is missing—especially during a deployment. According to Robyn Mroszczyk, a Family Program specialist at the National Guard Bu…

6 Military Life Apps

Military Life? There’s An App for That!

March 28, 2017

There are so many logistical nightmares that accompany this awesome, crazy military life. Whether it’s maintaining a relationship during deployment, moving around over and over again, or trying to navigate parental duties when you’re solo, military families could use some life-hacks that are specific to our challenges and everyday life. Well guess what? There’s an app for that! In fact, there are hundreds of apps out there that can help make our lives easier in thousands of ways. We decided to share six of them with you to he…

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