Research is the cornerstone of our work. In 2021, we fielded our fourth Military Family Support Programming Survey to gain insight into the support needs of our nation’s military, veterans, and their families. This biennial qualitative survey provides a comprehensive review of their lived experiences, covering topics like child care, family relationships, finances, food security, health and well-being, housing, and transition.
The findings from this research shape our programming, as they illuminate areas where military families seek additional support, education, and resources. This allows us to bring together and inform nonprofit organizations, armed forces leadership, policymakers, and other stakeholders to enact positive change for the military community.
MFAN’s research team has conducted in-depth analysis of more than 8,500 survey respondents to identify the areas of urgent need. We are grateful to our sponsors for funding this critical initiative and for all who have joined us to support military and veteran families.
Watch the data release
We take an in-depth look at hunger in the military community and how it has evolved over recent few years.
Healthcare & Telehealth
We collected data on military families’ experiences with health care, mental health, and growing telehealth resources.
We looked at military families’ use of transition support programs, and what resources they wish would have been available to them.
We sought to understand how military life can affect overall family well-being including familial relationships and loneliness.