From the Chairman
by Mary Scott, Chairman of the Board
What a busy time for all of us! I can picture those of you who are active duty families and have moved to a new location sometime during the summer. Always an adventure, always a challenge! I hope you have discovered our app, MyMilitaryLife, and it is helping you in your transition. If you have not yet put our app to work for you, I urge you to download it right now. I guarantee it will be a great help as you sort out schools, healthcare, spouse employment, and many more issues. Our twelfth and newest LifePath “Caregivers” will be up and running soon. We recognize the importance caregivers play in all of your lives.
MyMilitaryLife is just one way the National Military Family Association is working to strengthen and support military families. All of our programs and projects are part of our advocacy efforts. We work to make life better for military families. The current sequestration situation baffles us all and causes true disruption in our military communities. How often have we seen news reports telling us that the effects of Sequestration aren’t that bad? “Where’s the big crisis?” they ask. The crisis has exploded on military posts and bases and in the civilian communities that surround them.
Our wonderful military hospitals and clinics are not staffed by active duty military alone; they depend on DoD civilians to successfully meet warrior and family needs. Furloughs in these civilian ranks result in the reduction of available services. Reduced clinic hours mean fewer available slots for medical appointments. Some families are experiencing unacceptable delays in making those appointments for their families.
And what about the civilian communities that surround and support our posts and bases? The old Domino Effect is in play. If a significant segment of the workforce (DoD Civilians) is furloughed, families have less money to invest in the economy. Stores and services take a hit. The tax base for the community declines. Maintenance and infrastructure projects cease. The real estate market declines. Schools, recreational areas, and warrior and family support programs are forced to reduce services. Most services on post also decline because the work force has been cut. It isn’t long before the towns and villages surrounding our military installations are struggling to survive, because of arbitrary budget cuts. We are all expected to manage our own family budgets in a responsible way. How about the national budget? The National Military Family Association calls for responsible action from Congress: End Sequestration, now! We depend on the support of our elected officials. I believe military families have earned their support.
We ask our families to please let us know if you are experiencing serious life changes because of Sequestration. We want to know so we can let Congress know!
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Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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