Military community is asked to participate

San Diego, CA – Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2016 annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS), available online now at

The largest of its kind, the aMFLS is one of the most important resources for information about the current state of the military community and is used by government officials from the White House, Congress, the DoD, and state and local officials to help understand the unique needs and challenges of military families. Almost 7,000 respondents participated in the 2015 aMFLS.

“Our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey takes a proactive look at the current needs and priorities of military families and service members, and what can be done to support them,” explains Cristin Orr Shiffer, Senior Advisor for Policy and Survey at Blue Star Families.

For the third year, Blue Star Families is working with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), an academic organization widely recognized as a leader in military, veteran, and military family research, to develop, field, and analyze the survey.

Among last year’s survey results, military pay and retirement changes were the top concerns with for the second year in a row. In addition, military spouse employment, veteran employment, and service member and veteran suicide were key issues for respondents.

“Understanding the state of military families helps our nation, our neighbors, and our leaders recognize the true cost of maintaining the strongest and most effective all volunteer force,”
notes Ms. Shiffer.

The Military Family Lifestyle Survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. Each respondent can enter for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 Visa Gift Cards. The Survey is open to all active-duty service members, veterans and military family members through May 30. The 2016 survey findings will be released in December 2016.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members annually. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit for more information.