Convening Coalitions

One of the most effective ways MFAN creates change for military families is through convening. Our coalitions bring together best-in-class partners in both the public and private sectors to share programs and resources, discuss emerging trends, and develop actionable recommendations for those in positions of leadership and influence.

In 2022, we targeted three areas of focus – financial readiness, food insecurity, and housing.

Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition (MFFRC)

The MFFRC, made possible by Wells Fargo, offers a collaborative forum for those committed to the financial wellness and stability of military and veteran families.


  • Buy Now, Pay Later: Market Trends and Consumer Impacts, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Financial Readiness Data Dive: 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey, Military Family Advisory Network
  • Equipping military families for tax season
  • #GetBanked campaign, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • A program designed to improve troops’ financial health by offering tailored train-the-trainer content and software, on-demand learning, and short, engaging courses, Life Skills for Soldiers

MFAN collected feedback on a range of topics in 2022, including:

  • Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC)
  • Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • DoD’s Taking Care of Our People memorandum to inform congressional oversight hearings, Department of Defense personnel, and news media
  • Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (Georgia) provided a glimpse into Congress’ efforts to address financial preparedness among military families.
  • The Office of Financial Readiness within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, to share financial literacy and counseling program updates.
  • The White House’s Executive Office of the President (EOP) offered advice on managing student loan debt for military service borrowers.
  • Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) seeks to simplify banking choices by helping eligible veterans select the right financial institution and services for themselves and their families.
  • VetCents, powered by MFAN, helps veterans and their families find valuable financial information, best-in-class resources, advice from financial experts, and more.

Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition (MFFIC)

The MFFIC raises visibility of the issue of food insecurity and works to identify avenues to alleviate hunger among military and veteran families.


  • Food Security Among Rural Veterans, Research Service James A. Haley VA Hospital, (Tampa, FL), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Food Insecurity Data Dive, Military Family Advisory Network
  • Over 20 organizations authored a letter of to the Biden-Harris Administration, which outlined comprehensive recommendations for the military and veteran community ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) briefed the group on proposed legislation — Military Family Nutrition Access Act — which aims to exclude the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for purposes of eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Hunger Action Month, Feeding America
  • Free workshop designed for military families who want to learn how to shop for more affordable, healthy foods, and maintain a climate of wellness in their homes that eliminates the need for expensive supplements and unsustainable dieting practices, InDependent

Military Housing Roundtable (MHR)

The MHR, made possible by Wells Fargo, serves as one of the primary mechanisms for convening those with a vested interest in ensuring affordable, equitable, and safe housing for military and veteran families.


  • An update on DoD’s efforts to address oversight challenges in privatized military housing, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • America’s Rental Housing 2022, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
  • 2022 Annual Housing Tenant Satisfaction Survey, U.S. Army
  • Heard from military families affected by the water contamination crisis in Hawaii and stood up an online resource hub.
  • Representative Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) introduced the Ensuring Every Service Member Has A Home legislative package to enhance housing for military families, including bills on BAH restoration, revamping the BAH calculation, and suggesting a study to examine barriers to homeownership.
  • Representative Raul Ruiz (CA-36) shared efforts to combat veteran homelessness, including expanding access to Veterans Affairs (VA) homeless outreach services for all veterans.
  • Senator Thom Tillis (NC) gave updates around military housing, including a recent Fort Bragg roundtable, the Military Housing Readiness Council Act, and the work of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Learn More About MFAN’s Coalitions

Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition

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Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition

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Military Housing Roundtable

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Back to the 2022 Annual Report

Relationships forged. Insights gained. Community fostered. Explore MFAN’s impact on military and veteran families in 2022.

2022 Annual Report