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Unfinished Business: The FY16 NDAA

November 15, 2016

With all the focus recently on the election and the new Administration taking over in January, 2017, it’s easy to overlook an important piece of unfinished business from 2016--the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House and Senate each passed versions of the bill, which sets policies and funding levels for the Department of Defense, earlier this year. However, they were unable to agree to a compromise version before leaving town in October for the campaign. Now that the election is over, Congress will be returning to Washi…

President Trump

Dear President Donald Trump,

November 9, 2016

Now that you're the new Commander-in-Chief, military families have a few things they’d like to tell you, our new leader. 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. Nearly 300,000 service members are currently deployed, many still fighting a war that’s lasted more than 15 years. In that time, benefits for service members dwindled, sequestration became an unavoidable reality, and military families began to wonder if th…

Treatment or Hospice

Fix the Gap: Terminally Ill Military Kids Must Forego Treatment to Receive Hospice Care

November 8, 2016

Your family sacrifices 365 days a year. You endure multiple moves, silently serve during repeated deployments, and patiently wait through the dreaded appointment line to receive care at your Military Treatment Facility. You expect your TRICARE benefit to be there for you when you need it most. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, our Association has worked to ensure TRICARE policies are on par with coverage mandated by the ACA. Given the sacrifices service members and their families make, shouldn’t military families expect h…

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School Transition Roadblocks and Who’s Fixing Them

November 7, 2016

Do you have a school-aged child? A high schooler who’s nearing graduation? Do you worry about problems your kids may face if they have to change schools due to a PCS move? If you are a military family with kids in school, chances are you may have heard about the Interstate Compact, an agreement created to smooth the transition for military kids as they move between school districts and states. All 50 states and Washington D.C. are part of the Interstate Compact agreement. A huge milestone for military families, the Interstate Compact…

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This Month, Thank the Force Behind our Force

November 2, 2016

The silent service of more than 2.9 million military family members around the world is truly the force behind our force. While we honor our military families every day of the year, Military Family Month is when our President asks all Americans to pay tribute to the extraordinary ways our nation’s families continue to support our military. Military kids deal with stressors that other children don’t understand—like a deployed, or injured parent. Military spouses put their career ambitions on hold support their service member…

Trump and Clinton Campaigns Visit NMFA Office to Discuss Military Families

October 14, 2016

Military and veteran policy advisors from the campaigns of both major presidential nominees were in the NMFA office on October 13 to hear from organizations who fight for our nation’s families. As a member of The Military Coalition (TMC)—which is comprised of 33 organizations representing the 5.5 million uniformed service members and their families—NMFA hosted both campaigns at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia to share the questions and concerns military and veteran families want our next Commander in Chief to know …

General Dunford Gets Personal—Focusing on Military Families, Including His Own—at 2016 NMFA Leadership Luncheon

October 12, 2016

Military families are often in the shadows of the spotlight put on our nation’s service members. But at our 2016 Leadership Luncheon, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. made sure military families, and their unique sacrifices, were the star of the show. During his keynote speech October 11 in Arlington, Virginia, General Dunford spoke about how our military force has fared during these last 15 years of war. But his focus remained on military families--the key to our military’s lasting strength. &l…

Tracking the Hurricane: Emergency Contact Numbers to Know

October 6, 2016

With Hurricane Matthew rapidly approaching the southeast coast, NMFA has gathered a list of resources to provide timely information to military families. Be sure to check your installation website and Facebook pages for information specific to your area. Continue to check back for updates. Military OneSource: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/on-and-off-base-living/disaster-preparedness-recovery Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): https://www.fema.gov/ Ready.…

Thank Congress! Law Passed Authorizing VA to Cover IVF

October 6, 2016

Veterans hoping to start or grow their families now have a chance thanks to legislation that was passed by Congress, and signed by the President, in September. This bill includes a provision authorizing the Veterans Administration (VA) to cover fertility treatment, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to veterans who lost their fertility due to illness or injury connected to their service. For years, the Department of Defense provided coverage for fertility treatment for military members who need it due to service-connected injuries. Howeve…

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Filling TRICARE Prescriptions: CVS and Target are Out, Walgreens is In

October 5, 2016

Forget about picking up your prescriptions during that Target run. CVS is out, too. Starting December 1, 2016, CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, will no longer be part of the TRICARE network. In their place, Walgreens joins the network and can begin filling scripts that same day. Some of us can hear our wallets thanking us now (who else can’t get past the $1 section of Target without picking something up?!), but rest assured, filling prescriptions won’t be as burdensome as it may seem. Please keep in mind, you won…

Thank You for Your Service—and Now We’re Done with You

September 22, 2016

Kenny Toone is a Marine veteran who lost everything—family, purpose, religion— after returning from Iraq in 2003. “I really didn’t know who I was,” he said, recounting his attempted suicide. “It would make me upset when people would come up to me and say ‘oh thank you for your service, welcome home. What do you know about living with these memories?'” The documentary, “Thank You for Your Service,” which premiered on Capitol Hill this week, shows how each veteran has his or her own me…

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Why Impact Aid Matters? A Superintendent’s View on Funding for Military Kids

September 21, 2016

Military families with kids in public school know the drill: sometime during the first two or three months of the school year, a form will appear in their child’s backpack or homework folder – the Impact Aid form. The form will include questions about your family’s connection to the military, and will usually be accompanied by a request from the school to complete and return it as soon as possible. Understandably, this leaves many military families confused. What is Impact Aid and why do schools need this information? And w…

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3 Easy Steps to Ace Your Child’s School Transition

September 14, 2016

As we reach the end of another summer PCS season, many military children are, once again, the new kid in school. Starting over in a new school is nothing new to most military kids, and usually the transition goes smoothly. Too often, however, military kids and their families run into road blocks as they try to settle into their new schools. In most instances, the culprit is policies and procedures in their new school district that are different from their old one. What can you do if you find yourself and your child in this situation? Step One:…

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Together We Remember, Proudly We Serve

September 11, 2016

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Suicide and the Military Family: Could Your Loved One be at Risk?

September 8, 2016

The statistics are sobering. Every day, an active duty service member takes his or her own life. Twenty veterans per day do the same. The Department of Defense (DoD) doesn’t track suicides in military family members, but we know they happen far too often. But what can we do to make sure our loved one isn’t next? This Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want to remind you to be keenly aware of the risk factors and warning signs. How would you know your loved one is struggling? It begins by knowing the risk factors. There…

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Borrowing Money? The Military Lending Act Protects You.

September 6, 2016

Military life can be full of financial hurdles. Consider military families who experience the combined triple whammy: spouse unemployment, out-of-pocket PCS expenses and stretching an already thin military paycheck to make ends meet. This trifecta of hurdles has lead military families down a financial rabbit-hole that often takes years to dig themselves out of- only to find themselves there again the next time the PCS to another duty station! Many military families find themselves looking for the quick and easy way to get them from the 1st or…

Find Your Niche: Career Groups for Military Spouses

August 25, 2016

Being a career-minded spouse isn’t so bad when you’re stationed in some parts of the world, but what does a military spouse do after landing in more remote locations like Fort Leonard Wood, in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, or Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska? Trying to continue a career path alongside a life filled with military moves to out-of-the-way installations can make spouses feel like they’re the only other ones in the career game. What if you could find a group of like-minded career spouses to hang on to th…

SCRA and Credit Card Benefits

August 23, 2016

Did you know credit card companies will refund interest and fees paid on credit cards opened prior to going on active duty? In 2003, Congress enacted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), formerly known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act. The federal law provides a variety of financial protections for service members during periods of military service. It’s been updated a few times since then, but while many know the SCRA protects them when breaking a lease with military orders, they aren’t aware of e…

Back to School Resources

5 back-to-school resources to have on your radar

August 22, 2016

“This school year is going to be different,” you tell yourself. You’re going to be organized, pack healthier lunches and get the kids involved in every extracurricular under the sun. Or so you think. Life can get in the way of even the best laid back-to-school plans. That’s especially true if your military family moved over the summer and once again your little ones are the new kids in school. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re in new surroundings. Luckily, there are resources to help military kids …

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Political Activity and Military Families – It’s a Balancing Act

August 19, 2016

With the general election less than 90 days away, both presidential and congressional campaigns are starting to heat up. Military families might start to feel the need to speak up or get involved in their local campaigns. As with all things in the military, though, there are rules. While these rules only dictate what a service member can and cannot do when it comes to political participation, it is important for families to be aware of them as well. Service members are encouraged to vote and express their own personal views. They are even al…

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