National Military Family Association

National Military Family Association Our Mission: To strengthen and serve uniformed services families and to honor their service to the Nation. Together we're stronger.
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We see you. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
05/07/2021

We see you. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

We see you. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, a...
05/07/2021

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, access to high-quality child care is more important than ever so you can do your job, work remotely, or pursue your education. Keep giving it your best and let us make it a little easier to do so.

Apply for child care fee relief now: http://ow.ly/B4mz50EDzUp

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, access to high-quality child care is more important than ever so you can do your job, work remotely, or pursue your education. Keep giving it your best and let us make it a little easier to do so.

Apply for child care fee relief now: http://ow.ly/B4mz50EDzUp

Everyone has their own ways of strengthening their mental health and resilience. This May, we are asking members of the ...
05/05/2021

Everyone has their own ways of strengthening their mental health and resilience. This May, we are asking members of the military community to share the tips and tools that #WorksForMe to help break down stigma and spread effective ways to improve mental health.

https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Psychological-Fitness
#MentalHealth #MilitaryAppreciationMonth #SelfCare #MilitaryFamily #MilFam

Everyone has their own ways of strengthening their mental health and resilience. This May, we are asking members of the military community to share the tips and tools that #WorksForMe to help break down stigma and spread effective ways to improve mental health.

https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Psychological-Fitness
#MentalHealth #MilitaryAppreciationMonth #SelfCare #MilitaryFamily #MilFam

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, a...
05/05/2021

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, access to high-quality child care is more important than ever so you can do your job, work remotely, or pursue your education. Keep giving it your best and let us make it a little easier to do so.

Apply for child care fee relief now: http://ow.ly/l92R50EDzOM

We know military families never settle for doing anything less than their best. We also know that during the pandemic, access to high-quality child care is more important than ever so you can do your job, work remotely, or pursue your education. Keep giving it your best and let us make it a little easier to do so.

Apply for child care fee relief now: http://ow.ly/l92R50EDzOM

05/04/2021

Did you know that 30% of military spouses in the workforce are in careers that require state-based professional license or certification? With most military families moving every three years, these military spouses find themselves with time gaps and employment lapses on their resumes — and heavy expenses to relicense or certify every time they PCS.

Don’t worry, NMFA is here to help!

Check out our new toolkits to help you navigate licensure and certification and be your own best advocate throughout the process: http://ow.ly/v36x50EEsFr

While waitlists persist at CDC facilities across the country, 49% of military families we surveyed in 2020 told us they ...
05/03/2021
Lawmakers tee up proposals to improve military child care facilities, address barriers to care

While waitlists persist at CDC facilities across the country, 49% of military families we surveyed in 2020 told us they lost or had reduced access to child care in the #pandemic. Military families need child care they can count on: http://ow.ly/OBGv50EDx91

Lawmakers are teeing up legislative proposals that would tackle child care problems in the military, as thousands of children remain on monthslong waitlists and the Defense Department’s backlog to repair existing facilities swells.

#MoreThanASpouseMonday #Student #Business #Marketing Valena Greene is more than a spouse of an Active Duty service membe...
05/03/2021

#MoreThanASpouseMonday #Student #Business #Marketing Valena Greene is more than a spouse of an Active Duty service member. She is also an NMFA scholarship winner who is pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration degree at University of Illinois Springfield.

#MoreThanASpouseMonday #Student #Business #Marketing Valena Greene is more than a spouse of an Active Duty service member. She is also an NMFA scholarship winner who is pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration degree at University of Illinois Springfield.

05/03/2021

Every May, our nation marks Military Appreciation Month. We celebrate the service and sacrifice of our nation's military -- and their families. Thank you for your service!

Happy #FinanceFriday! This week, our partners Military Saves focused on the ways to be on the same team as our spouse, a...
04/30/2021

Happy #FinanceFriday! This week, our partners Military Saves focused on the ways to be on the same team as our spouse, and positively influence and model for our children and teens when it comes to money, spending habits, and saving. #SaveAsAFamily #MSM2021 #MilitarySaves

Happy #FinanceFriday! This week, our partners Military Saves focused on the ways to be on the same team as our spouse, and positively influence and model for our children and teens when it comes to money, spending habits, and saving. #SaveAsAFamily #MSM2021 #MilitarySaves

🎉 Sweepstakes winners, 🛶 camp applications, everything you need to know about this PCS season 📦 ... stay in the know wit...
04/30/2021

🎉 Sweepstakes winners, 🛶 camp applications, everything you need to know about this PCS season 📦 ... stay in the know with our monthly video newsletter! Sign up now: http://ow.ly/Ga1Q50EBacA

🎉 Sweepstakes winners, 🛶 camp applications, everything you need to know about this PCS season 📦 ... stay in the know with our monthly video newsletter! Sign up now: http://ow.ly/Ga1Q50EBacA

🎊 Congrats, Mac Pack winners! We're so happy to help keep these military kid friends connected. We've loved celebrating ...
04/30/2021

🎊 Congrats, Mac Pack winners! We're so happy to help keep these military kid friends connected. We've loved celebrating your military kids this Month of the Military Child. To see the full list of winners, visit: http://ow.ly/UhXs50EBJwh🎉

"Oftentimes, military teenagers don’t know where to start when they need additional support," says Griffin, a military t...
04/30/2021
Mental Health: The Importance During PCS Transitions

"Oftentimes, military teenagers don’t know where to start when they need additional support," says Griffin, a military teen writing with Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen. "An excellent place to start is to talk about any issues in mind to a parent, guardian, or trusted friend."
https://www.bloommilitaryteens.org/post/mental-health-the-importance-during-pcs-transitions

Immediately at the beginning of 2019, I found out my family and I were going to move to South Korea the following summer. I couldn’t shake the shock off of me when I learned there was no other choice--I liked where I was stationed and wasn’t ready to leave after only one year. Furthermore, this ...

"We never have to do any of this alone." - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen https://www.bloommilitaryteens.org/post/t...
04/30/2021
The Link Between Trauma and Military Life: How We Can Work Together to Combat It

"We never have to do any of this alone." - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen
https://www.bloommilitaryteens.org/post/the-link-between-trauma-and-military-life-how-we-can-work-together-to-combat-it

One day, I was scrolling my Instagram page and I stumbled upon a video from a licensed therapist. The video was about things that people may not know are types of trauma and immediately, I was interested. It explained that many of these traumas go unnoticed or untreated because many people don't rea...

04/29/2021
Midday Money Chat - Save as a Family

LIVE NOW: Amelia O’Rourke Owens, Associate Director of America Saves and Jen Davis, Government Relations Deputy Director at the National Military Family Association talk about how you can make saving a family affair. By having open conversations about money, parents can model good behaviors and teach good money and savings habits to children from a young age. Military spouses can also have savings of their own, even if they don’t work outside the home. Whether you participate in one event, or all of them, we hope you’ll take the time to check in on your financial well-being during Military Saves Month – your future self will thank you!

Does your military family need help with child care costs? NMFA can help. Apply now for child care fee relief and receiv...
04/29/2021

Does your military family need help with child care costs? NMFA can help. Apply now for child care fee relief and receive up to $1,500 in assistance: http://ow.ly/oqKg50EATEH

Does your military family need help with child care costs? NMFA can help. Apply now for child care fee relief and receive up to $1,500 in assistance: http://ow.ly/oqKg50EATEH

We pledge our support with Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project #JoiningForces & more than 35 organization...
04/29/2021
Hidden Helpers - Hidden Heroes

We pledge our support with Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project #JoiningForces & more than 35 organizations to create supportive programming for the children and youth of America’s 5.5 million military caregivers. Far too often, our nation’s #hiddenhelpers are providing an unseen, unrecognized, and unsupported service. Through this collaboration, military children and youth’s voices will be lifted and we’ll join together to make sure they are supported in their unique journeys. Learn more at hiddenheroes.org/hiddenhelpers

We recognize this is a stressful and anxious time. We've compiled information and resources about COVID-19 specifically for our caregiver community.

Pulse check! #PCS Season is almost here. How are the kids in your life? Some good insight on how our teens might be feel...
04/29/2021
Mental Health: The Importance During PCS Transitions

Pulse check! #PCS Season is almost here. How are the kids in your life? Some good insight on how our teens might be feeling from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

Immediately at the beginning of 2019, I found out my family and I were going to move to South Korea the following summer. I couldn’t shake the shock off of me when I learned there was no other choice--I liked where I was stationed and wasn’t ready to leave after only one year. Furthermore, this ...

A military family must-read from the teens at Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen.
04/29/2021
Family Figure? More Like a Stranger: Building Relationships After Deployment

A military family must-read from the teens at Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen.

Most military families are no strangers to deployments, and the sad truth is that these long spans of separation can greatly disrupt a family dynamic. I was born six months after my dad enlisted in the Army with just my mom and grandma in the delivery room. He didn’t meet me until eleven days late...

"My identity was rooted in something completely out of my control. I hardly ever had people that would take a chance on ...
04/29/2021
The Beauty of Acknowledgement

"My identity was rooted in something completely out of my control. I hardly ever had people that would take a chance on me because I wouldn't be around long enough for me to be worth anything." - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

I think a common experience that military kids share at one point or another is a pre-determined identity as the "new kid." In many of the places we moved to, I was only seen as the kid who was going to move away and nothing more. My identity was rooted in something completely out of my control. I h...

Military kids have to make new friends on a regular basis -- and it's rarely easy. Malayna, a teen with Bloom: Empowerin...
04/29/2021
How to Introduce Yourself

Military kids have to make new friends on a regular basis -- and it's rarely easy. Malayna, a teen with Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, offers some advice on how to do it!

(It's good advice for grown-ups, too.)

Have you ever felt scared to try to talk to new people? Well, hopefully this article can help!

Need help paying for child care? NMFA is here to assist. Learn more about eligibility and apply today.
04/29/2021
NMFA Offers Child Care Fee Relief

Need help paying for child care? NMFA is here to assist. Learn more about eligibility and apply today.

If your military family depends on child care so you can work or complete your education, Child Care Fee Relief can help.

"If you get nothing else out of this article, have hope that COVID-19 can be beaten and that our communities can be stre...
04/28/2021
The Bubble has Burst: COVID-19 and Americans in Korea

"If you get nothing else out of this article, have hope that COVID-19 can be beaten and that our communities can be strengthened through these times." - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

It was showtime. The school bell had rung, the students had left their classrooms, and the Humphreys High School gym was full of athletes and performers ready to kick off the 2020 Far East Basketball Tournament. I was part of the drum line, and we were set to close out the ceremony with a bang (get....

"I’m sorry. It’s not your fault. You deserve a better goodbye." -Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen
04/28/2021
For The Kids Who Will Move During COVID-19

"I’m sorry. It’s not your fault. You deserve a better goodbye." -Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

This is for the military kids who will move this summer. This is for the kids who will pack up their houses with masks on. This is for the student who cried about never being able to return to their beloved school. This is for the athlete who was excited for their spring season, but will never get t...

"No matter how many times you move, you’ll never truly get 'used to it.'" - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen
04/27/2021
Cardboard Boxes

"No matter how many times you move, you’ll never truly get 'used to it.'" - Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

There they were again: cardboard boxes clumsily held together with scotch tape, wearing and tearing at the corners. The familiar horse stable-like stench hit me before anything else. I dragged my textbook-loaded backpack to a corner of my room and sat on my bed, rubbing my eyes tiredly. Everything w...

What do you do when your new duty station doesn't feel like home? Leave it to Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen to hav...
04/26/2021
Living in a "Not-So-Great" Place: 6 Ways to Make the Best Out of Living Somewhere You Don't Like

What do you do when your new duty station doesn't feel like home? Leave it to Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen to have the best ideas. #MonthoftheMilitaryChild
https://www.bloommilitaryteens.org/post/living-in-a-not-so-great-place-6-ways-to-make-the-best-out-of-leaving-somewhere-you-don-t-like

I've moved eleven times and while I have seen some beautiful, unique, and exciting places, I've dealt with some moves that did not lead to a fun duty station. Here are some of the ways I cope with living in a place I kindaaa don't like that much... 1. Find one thing you DO like about it and truly ex...

"I will never cease to be proud of my father and anyone else who deploys because, at the end of the day, they do it for ...
04/26/2021
The Beauty of Deployments

"I will never cease to be proud of my father and anyone else who deploys because, at the end of the day, they do it for us."

A teen from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen reflects on deployment.

As military teens, there is something that we have always dreaded: Deployments. Formally, military deployment is when a service member is stationed away from their usual duty station, often in order to fulfill a requirement or to offer assistance to nations in need. These service members are usually...

"At SHAPE, I had found my people. My tribe. Military kids from all sorts of countries, who had moved to all sorts of pla...
04/24/2021
Against All Odds, I Found My Home as A Military Kid

"At SHAPE, I had found my people. My tribe. Military kids from all sorts of countries, who had moved to all sorts of places." Meet Catherine, a military teen who found home as a military kid. (Grab the tissues -- it's a good one.)

The familiar images; camouflage uniforms, blazoned flags, all sorts of different firearms, unit t-shirts, and a DoDEA school right in the middle of it all.

Meet Isaac. He's a military teen who spent July quarantining with his family in South Korea, where they couldn't even op...
04/24/2021
Quarantine: A Brown Family Story

Meet Isaac. He's a military teen who spent July quarantining with his family in South Korea, where they couldn't even open their front door. Join us in looking at the pandemic - and a PCS like no other - through his eyes.

Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

The date was July 2, 2020. After a short bus ride from Osan Air Base, we arrived at Camp Humphreys. My first impression was definitely affected by my extreme exhaustion. It was flat, lacking color (just like an Army base!) and almost dead empty due to Health Protection Condition Charlie (HPCON C). W...

We can't celebrate Month of the Military Child without honoring the unique experience of the military teen. That's why w...
04/24/2021

We can't celebrate Month of the Military Child without honoring the unique experience of the military teen. That's why we're working with our young friends at BLOOM to elevate their stories, learn from their experiences, and better better understand what it's like to be an older #milkid! We're pleased to showcase their content, graphics, and achievement for the rest of the month. Join us in welcoming - and celebrating! - these amazing military teens.

We can't celebrate Month of the Military Child without honoring the unique experience of the military teen. That's why we're working with our young friends at BLOOM to elevate their stories, learn from their experiences, and better better understand what it's like to be an older #milkid! We're pleased to showcase their content, graphics, and achievement for the rest of the month. Join us in welcoming - and celebrating! - these amazing military teens.

Happy #FinanceFriday! Today we're focusing on money matters for tweens, teens, and young adults.  From car salesmen to z...
04/23/2021
Misadventures in Money Management

Happy #FinanceFriday! Today we're focusing on money matters for tweens, teens, and young adults. From car salesmen to zombies, you never know who you’ll have to fight on the path to financial independence. Take them on in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Misadventures in Money Management virtual learning experience and hone your financial skills. https://www.mimm.gov

Misadventures in Money Management helpspeople improve their financial literacy and financial choices through an interactive graphic novel experience.

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A Salute to our Vets! Space, Air, Land & Sea – Live!
A Salute to our Vets! Space, Air, Land & Sea – Live!
NOW CASTING: Mothers & Daughters for a Special Episode of an Emmy Award Nominated Talk Show! Has it been a couple of years since you've seen your mother or daughter in person due to being ACTIVE MILITARY? Did your mother or daughter miss a major life event (e.g., engagement, baby, wedding)? If you haven’t seen your mother or daughter in person in a while and would like to reunite, WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY! CANDIDATES MUST: • Must NOT have seen your mother or daughter in person in years due to being ACTIVE MILITARY. (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc. are acceptable). • Both mother and daughter must be living relatives. • Must be able to travel April 17th - April 20th to shoot the show in Los Angeles. Apply at www.reunionscasting.com Click the link to Apply today! We're interviewing this week and choosing our Mother/Daughter duo by Friday, April 16, 2021.
Your positive experiences are needed to help other military wives navigate deployment! I am a doctoral student completing my dissertation research by sharing the perspectives of the military wife. Looking for 15-20 National Guard wives from the Midwest who are married to a NG soldier who has been or is deployed and are willing to complete an interview or Focus group. Will take 1-2 hours. PM for more details!
OMV Medical is a government contracting firm seeking to hire various healthcare professionals to provide services at over 40 various MTFs located in the US and in Guam. Our first dedication is to Active-Duty family members and retirees. We are seeking to fill various medical positions. These positions include, but not limited to: • Certified Medical Assistants • Rad Techs • Social Workers • MRI Techs • Infection Preventionist • Psychiatrist • Psychologist • Chiropractor • Pharm Techs • Pharmacist • Various RN positions • Nurse Practitioners All positions require a minimum of 2 CURRENT years of experience, must have updated immunization records, current and active license (license can be in ANY of the 50 states), current BLS through the American Heart Association. Below is a link to several positions we have posted on Indeed. If you do not see your specific specialty, forward your resume to [email protected] for immediate assistance.
Do you have a minute to lend us your opinion? We are building a virtual running platform specifically for the military community (active / retired / veteran) built by the military community that will feature virtual races, training programs, access to an exclusive Facebook community, charity donations, and of course…really cool swag. We really want to make this a community-focused endeavor that will address and support the specific needs of the military, their families, veterans and civilians alike. We think the best way to do this is to get feedback directly from you. Can you help us by answering a few quick questions? Thank you in advance for your help and your service.
We think your group will be interested in this free 3 day Summit, Moving Beyond Family Struggles, January 26, 27 and 28. 15 of the TOP EXPERTS in the areas of Family Relationship Counseling, Family Estrangement, Communication and Life Success will be speaking. Please share this with your Facebook Community, and write to us with any questions you may have! www.movingbeyondfamilystruggles.com
In search of relatives of Edward Pennell served on board the USS Silversides (SSN 679), MM3, SSN 679 Naval Submarine, Sep 1, 1978 – Mar 15, 1979. Ed passed in 1985
After 35 years of collegiate pursuit accompanied by multiple startings then stoppings due to a music career, marriage, volcanoes, military moves, kids, homeschooling, entrepreneurship, caregiving, and continuing ministry - I graduated today with honors from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in Human Services, Gerontology, and Psychology. Thank You, NMFA and scholarship sponsors, for making this possible! 🎓❤️
A song tribute to all Veterans. We may be from different hometowns but we all share the belief that our country is sacred and we need to honor those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom. Song written by two Veterans of the Vietnam Era Michael Hager & Michael Sanders.
Opportunity for Veterans! New Musicals Inc (NMI) is adapting veteran's stories into ten-minute musicals to be filmed as part of a web-series to honor veterans. Veterans whose stories are selected for development will receive a $1000 honorarium and hold on to the rights of their stories. Don't let the "musical" aspect dissuade you. NMI just needs a compelling story from your military background – just one story – not a compilation -- and they will bring a composer, lyricist, and professional actor together to turn it into song. They will also welcome you into the collaboration process if you want to be included on the creative side. See the link for info and a very short video that explains the project. Deadline is November 20. www.nmi.org/veterans
Opportunity for Veterans! New Musicals Inc (NMI) is adapting veteran's stories into ten-minute musicals to be filmed as part of a web-series to honor veterans. Veterans whose stories are selected for development will receive a $1000 honorarium and hold on to the rights of their stories. Don't let the "musical" aspect dissuade you. NMI just needs a compelling story from your military background – just one story – not a compilation -- and they will bring a composer, lyricist, and professional actor together to turn it into song. They will also welcome you into the collaboration process if you want to be included on the creative side. See the link for info and a very short video that explains the project. Deadline is November 20. www.nmi.org/veterans