Federal Employment for Military Spouses: The Golden Ticket?
by Katie Savant, Government Relations Information Manager & Writer
Early in my husband’s career I dreamed of having a federal job. I wanted to work on base, serve my country as a federal employee, participate in a retirement program, and have a career that would move with me. I thought I would be able to find a job at our first duty station and then easily transfer from base to base when my husband received permanent change of station (PCS) orders. The Department of Defense (DoD) employs more than 700,000 civilians in an array of critical positions wor...
From the Chairman
by Mary Scott, Chairman of the Board
Back to school: words that cause kids to cringe and parents to cheer! In the case of many military families, these words also likely cause feelings of uncertainty with a side of anxiety. Moves mean new schools. All of us who have moved with the military have experienced the “knot in the stomach” as we face the uncertainty of a new school system. For children, it means a whole new scene—socially, academically, and in their sports world! For parents, it means learning all the ...
Donor Spotlight: Kanani Fong
by Eileen Huck, Development Manager
Kanani Fong has always had a special place in her heart for members of the military. As the longtime manager of her husband’s surgical practice, she grew to know and respect the many veterans who came to him for medical treatment. However, when he closed his practice and joined the military himself in 2008, she gained a whole new perspective on the challenges facing military families.
In 2009, Kanani’s husband deployed to Afghanistan for six months. Knowing that their...
Advocacy in Action: Grace Larsen
By Cindy Bachinsky, Volunteer, National Capital Region
It is no surprise that Grace Larsen’s favorite TV show is “Survivor.” She has demonstrated an ability not only to survive but also to thrive in the military way of life she has been given. Only 16 years old, Grace may not have lived on a deserted island just yet, but with her mom and recently-retired Army dad, she has lived in more than seven locations, and visited sixteen countries in as many years of her life! She understands the impact military life has on families. Her o...
Back to School: Welcoming New Military Kids to Your Community
Outside of their family, educators and other youth serving professionals spend the most time with military kids, so it’s all the more critical that these people create positive and exciting environments for them to thrive in. To get started, find out who the military children are in your community. It won’t only help you to plan activities that celebrate and include military kids, but with possible increases in stress due to deployments, you will also be able to unders...
Operation Purple Update
As we head back to school, the National Military Family Association is reminiscing over an amazing Operation Purple® Camp season! Schoolmates of more than 1,500 military children will be able to hear about their Operation Purple Camp memories. With experiences ranging from river rafting to climbing mountains, 16 Operation Purple camps offered military kids from all over the US a departure from stress this summer.
To promote healthy communication habits Operation Purple campers par...