STANDING BEHIND MILITARY FAMILIES FOR 50 YEARS

1969

Military Wives Association created

1972

Association’s first major initiative results in the Survivor Benefit Plan becoming law

1976

Military Wives Association changes its name to the
National Military Wives Association

First Issues Workshop held by Association to
educate military families on their benefits

1979

Association President testifies before the White House Conference on military families

1982

Association’s first comprehensive survey leads to the creation of DoD Office of Family Policy

1983

National Military Wives Association is renamed the National Military Family Association

1985

The Military Coalition is formed with NMFA as a founding member

NMFA is the first organization to testify before a Senate subcommittee about health care for military families—a year later Congress establishes Dependent Dental Plan

1989

The Military Child Care Act is passed as a result of NMFA’s advocacy efforts

Association testifies before Congress; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits extended to military families stationed overseas

1990

NMFA’s transition plan for military affected by downsizing receives Congressional backing—one year later Transition Assistance Plan is enacted

Association fights for military kids in civilian schools, helping pass the first funding of DoD’s Supplement to Impact Aid

1992

NMFA releases innovative health care plan for military families, with many recommendations later incorporated into TRICARE

1999

Congress designates May as National Military Appreciation Month

2000

NMFA leads the charge to get WIC funding overseas authorized

2001

Association advocates for health care; results in Congress creating the Extended Care Health Option

2004

Joanne Holbrook Patton Spouse Scholarship Program created

Operation Purple® Camp for children of deployed service members begins

Association publishes “Serving the Homefront: An Analysis of Military Family Support” and the “Cycles of Deployment” reports, paving the way for our large-scale research project

2005

Social Security offset to the Survivor Benefit Plan eliminated, an initiative NMFA fought for since 2001

2006

Benefits provided to survivors of all active duty deaths increased after NMFA provides testimony and rallies Congressional support

2008

NMFA wins Emmy for Public Service Announcements produced in partnership with USFHP

2009

Operation Purple Family Retreats® and Healing Adventures® launch

NMFA helps draft the Interstate Compact for the Educational Opportunity for Military Children

2011

RAND releases the first research on the well-being of military spouses and children, commissioned by NMFA

2013

#EndSequestration: Association Staff and Volunteers storm Capitol Hill to illustrate harm caused by sequestration

2015

NMFA defeats ER Misuse Fee proposed by the Department of Defense

2016

DoD creates Urgent Care Pilot program as a result of NMFA’s advocacy

2017

The DoD changes it policy on concurrent hospice for children after NMFA speaks up for families affected

Operation Purple® Buddy Camp launches

2018

Education Revolution campaign launches to bring awareness to military kids’ education

2019

The National Military Family celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Contact

National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.931.6632

info@MilitaryFamily.org

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