Since 2013, we’ve made it our mission to understand and amplify the needs of military-connected families and inspire data-informed change. Our progress is a testament to the determination of those we serve and the steadfast support of our partners. And we’re just getting started.
A message from Shannon Razsadin, MFAN President & Executive Director
Our 10th anniversary is about sharing MFAN’s journey with you and celebrating the community we know and love. As MFAN has grown and evolved, one thing that has not changed is MFAN’s enduring commitment to understanding the diverse experiences of military families and creating a safe landing for the voices of military family members—ensuring that they are both seen and heard is paramount to us.
Though they do not wear the uniform, the support military spouses, children, caregivers, and other family members provide to those who do is foundational to military morale and readiness. Each experience is important, each is unique, and each deserves amplification.
Our founders made two observations that spurred the creation of MFAN as we know it today:
In the ten years following, MFAN has become a difference maker for military families and a trusted resource among leaders of the armed services, lawmakers, advocates, peers, and corporate partners.
To all those who have been a part of our journey, thank you. We are honored to work hand in hand with you to serve this most deserving community.
Thousands of military-connected individuals have shared their family life experiences with MFAN to impact millions over the span of a decade. Marquee research efforts include four iterations of the Military Family Support Programming Survey, Causal Factors of Military and Veteran Family Food Insecurity, and pulse surveys on food insecurity, housing crisis, and military moves.
Through a peer influencer model, the Advisory Board is made up of military and veteran spouses with diverse lived experiences. The heart and soul of our work, advisors give MFAN a fuller understanding of what families truly need and value and provide a direct pathway for decision-makers to connect with military households.
Thanks to our advisors and alumni, coalitions, corporate sponsors, and strategic partners, MFAN has created a network that military families can rely on. Our community brings a unique perspective to both the challenges and opportunities that military families face. Armed with real-time feedback and our trusted research, we work to develop data-driven solutions that create meaningful, lasting change.
Over the years, MFAN has studied and taken action on a host of emerging and recurring issues that affect service members, veterans, and their families:
Though the majority of military families are food secure, we must act to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking behavior, and remove barriers to food and nutrition assistance for those who struggle to make ends meet.
Rates of food insecurity among military and veteran families as identified by MFAN’s research:
2019: 1 in 8
2021: 1in 5
2022: 1 in 6
MFAN recognizes that we cannot do this work alone. In the fight to end food insecurity in the military, we can accomplish so much more together.
Stemming from our research findings and ground truths shared from our network, MFAN:
From 2021-2022, MFAN and our partners hosted food distributions across the nation to provide relief to food insecure military families. Communities like Fort Cavazos, Texas, Fort Liberty, North Carolina, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Joint Base San Antonio saw an outpouring of support in times of need.
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By 2020, MFAN convened the first Military Housing Roundtable meeting and continued to propose data-informed solutions. We elevated the issue to a national stage, testified in congressional hearings, and briefed leaders, advocates, and peers.
From 2020-2021, the first-ever Tenant Bill of Rights was created under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative. A universal lease and dispute resolution process were implemented shortly after.
MFAN continues to work with stakeholders and government officials at every level to ensure affordable, available, and safe housing for military families. We continue to promote the well-being of military families and advance quality of life initiatives in areas like Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) improvement.
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