House Armed Services Committee

MFAN Participates in Quality of Life Panel’s MSO Roundtable

July 26, 2023

On July 26, 2023, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) was one of four military service organizations invited to participate in a congressional roundtable hosted by the House Armed Services Committee’s Quality of Life Panel.


Following a July 18 engagement with the Department of Defense, this was the second official event for the newly-formed Quality of Life Panel, which will focus on issues that impact service members and their families, including child care, compensation, health care, housing, and spouse support programs. The panel will provide a written report to the Military Personnel Subcommittee, outlining recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.


MFAN President and Executive Director, Shannon Razsadin, briefed Members of Congress on the current landscape of quality-of-life programs and policies, relayed concerns of service members and their families, and shared ideas and solutions to address military families’ support needs.

MFAN is grateful for the opportunity to share the experiences of those we serve with the bipartisan Quality of Life Panel. While the vast majority of military families thrive in service, like the broader population, some face challenges that can interfere with their overall well-being. We are honored to work collaboratively with our colleagues to address persisting and emerging obstacles.

– Shannon Razsadin, MFAN President & Executive Director

Other military service organizations in attendance included Blue Star Families, Military Officers Association of America, and National Military Family Association.


Members Serving on the Quality of Life Panel:

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), Chairman
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)
Rep. Morgan Luttrell (R-TX)
Rep. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
Rep. James Moylan (R-GU)
Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO)
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), ex officio

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Ranking Member
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX)
Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA)
Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA)
Rep. Don Davis (D-NC)
Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), ex officio


Media Contact:

Derek Doyle

(202) 991-1381

Full Statement

Read the complete remarks as prepared for delivery by MFAN President & Executive Director Shannon Razsadin to Chairman Don Bacon (R-NE), Ranking Member Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and Members of HASC’s Quality of Life Panel.