There are 319 million people in the United States. Only 1% serve in our military. Since 2001, the start of our nation’s longest war, 3 million family members have been left behind as their loved one deployed.
Exhausted military families need our help more than ever. Help us continue our mission of strengthening our nation’s families through programs designed to encourage healing, reduce challenges, and overcome obstacles together.
Through frequent moves, deployments, wartime stress, injury, and loss, military families need your support. Your gift will show these families that together we’re stronger.
Other Ways to Give
There are multiple ways to give back to military families. Looking for information on donations in lieu of wedding, holiday and corporate gifts, stock donations, or workplace giving? Learn more >>
Want to include us in your will, make a gift from your retirement account or life insurance? Learn more >>
Join or Renew as a Member
Whether you’re a friend, relative, or a military family yourself — we hope you’ll sign up to show your support. Your $15 allows us to accomplish our goals of protecting the rights and benefits of military families, and helps support programs to improve their lives.
Those who have given a $15 gift helped us:
- Obtain more childcare centers, extended hours, and youth programs for families dealing with long shifts or deployments.
- Change the Family and Medical Leave Act which permit military spouses and parents more time off from work to help the wounded without fear of losing their jobs
- Create additional funding for psychological care to better help families cope with wartime stress
- Secure in-state tuition for military families.
- Achieve full replacement value on families’ belongings damaged during a move
- Provide for a $100,000 death gratuity for military widows and children, increased from the $6,000 provided before our efforts.
The National Military Family Association is at the forefront of the issues that matter most to military families. Whether it is writing letters in support of legislation, keeping track of bills in Congress, or providing testimony, if it affects military families, we are here. We remain constantly updated on the latest issues that affect the lives of military families and provide a voice for their concerns. We care about the quality of life for military families and the issues they are faced with every day.
Who is the best advocate for military families? Military families.
Learn how we, as military families ourselves, interact with our own community to understand what issues are the most significant. Find out what you can do to make sure that the well-being of military wives, husbands, children, parents, and siblings is at the forefront of policymakers' minds.
2015 Issues + Actions
Our Association’s highest priority is to fight for military families. We fight to protect the programs and services that allow them to meet the challenges of military life and maintain readiness. Our Nation’s leaders cannot ignore the promises they made. Learn more>>
Military Family Legislation
Find out how the FY15 NDAA and other pertinent legislation affects your family. Learn More>>
Sign our Petition
Sign our petition asking Congress to End Sequestration! This places a disproportionate burden on military families. Sign now!
Find information about the status of current legislation and how to contact your elected officials. Learn More>>
Statement for the Record for the Senate Armed Service Committee * January 28, 2014
Testimony for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs * February 13, 2013
Letters to Congress
We support Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses * October 21,2015
We support increased funding for DoD Impact Aid for miliary kids * October 5, 2015
We support restoring fund for the commissary benefit * June, 10, 2015
We support sustaining the commissary benefit * June 4, 2015
We support the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate bill — the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act allowing surviving families to participate in the Post 9/11 GI bill Yellow Ribbon program. * May 20, 2015
We express our concerns for a provision within the CHOICE Act * April 15, 2015
We support ensuring the Department of Homeland Security is funded * February 24, 2015
Support Letter Requesting Funding for Coast Guard Families * February 24, 2015
We express our concerns for a provision within in the Hire More Heroes Act * January 20, 2015
We Support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act * January 13, 2015
Become a Volunteer
Give back to military families with your time and talents. Join the ever growing Voice for military families. Together, we can make a difference!
Sylvia Salas Brown is an Army spouse, currently at Ft. Hood, TX, and has been an Association Volunteer for two years. She volunteers to write blogs, host resource tables at events, and networks with military families. Read her latest blog post.