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National Military Family Association Receives $500,000 Grant to Improve Education for Military Children

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Aims to Help Military Children, Who Often Struggle to Catch Up or Stay Engaged with Classmates Due to Frequent Moves

November 28, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen military families, announced today a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to elevate the voices of military families and provide them with tools to work for change in their schools, school districts and states.

Two specialized Operation Purple Family Retreats®, geared toward families of K-12 children who have recently moved or have an upcoming move to a new duty station, will be funded by the foundation. The Family Retreats will include facilitated training sessions to teach parents how state level standards affect their children’s education, how to identify whether their school district or state has adopted high standards, and how to effectively advocate for their children’s education.

NMFA will also launch a multi-media campaign to address some of the biggest questions and misperceptions regarding military kids’ education, including topics like inconsistent math standards and how common state standards are chosen.

“We are so thankful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for helping bring to light an issue at the heart of military families,” said Joyce Raezer, NMFA Executive Director. “Together we’ll take on this issue, giving our nation’s families a platform to share their experiences and engaging with them to fight for the high, consistent standards their children deserve.”

This new collaboration is part of NMFA’s larger initiatives to support America’s 2.8 million military family members through policy and programs that keep them strong.

About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit



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