Last year I helped to design, implement and analyze a survey for military families. The intent was to gain insight into a broad spectrum of military family lifestyle issues. With the help of a variety of military family support organizations, we were able to garner more than 3,600 respondents, representing every branch and rank, who gave their input based on their “in the trenches” experiences while answering questions about their relationships, stress, operations tempo requirements, employment, children’s education and reactions to deployments, civic engagement and use of social media.
Today, Blue Star Families released the full report of its 2010 Military Family Lifestyle Survey. The report expands upon the survey results releases in September of 2010. In May 2010, Blue Star Families fielded an online survey of 3,634 military family members to determine the major issues facing military families today.
My dad just got back from one year at war in Afghanistan. I know that for someone who's not part of a military family this might sound unimaginable, but for me it's part of my life. Since I'm only 12, this war and the things that come with it are the only thing I've ever known.
Today President Obama announced 50 new programs for military families in a news conference with Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The announcement comes as the culmination of a presidential directive and the findings of the Military Family Interagency Committee, created in 2010 to institutionalize support for military families as a national security priority.