Military community is asked to participate
San Diego, CA – Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS), available online now at bluestarfam.org/survey.
The survey is a yearly snapshot of the state of military families, offering crucial insight and data to help inform national leaders, local communities, and philanthropic actors. Most critically, the survey is an opportunity to increase dialogue between the military community and broader American society, minimizing the civilian-military divide and supporting the health and sustainability of the All-Volunteer Force.
“The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey provides those serving with the rare, but crucially important, opportunity to share what’s really going on inside military families. The survey provides feedback to national decision makers on the current state of the military family,” explains Cristin Orr Shiffer, Senior Advisor for Research and Policy at Blue Star Families.
For the fourth year, Blue Star Families is conducting the survey in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues impacting veterans and military families.
Financial issues of military pay, changes to retirement benefits, and military spouse employment were the top concerns among military families according to the 2016 Survey results.
“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 aMFLS takes about 30 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Each respondent can enter for a chance to win one of five $100 VISA gift cards. The Survey is open to all active-duty service members, veterans, and military family members through May 19. The 2017 survey findings will be released in November 2017.
About the Military Family Lifestyle Survey This is the eighth iteration of the BSF Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009. The 2017 survey, designed by Blue Star Families in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and analyzed by the Department of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families, goes live April 12 and will run through May 19 of this year.
The largest of its kind, the aMFLS is a leading resource used to comprehensively understand the current state of the military community and the unique needs and challenges of military families. Top political influencers at the White House, Congress, and the Department of Defense cite the survey. It is also widely used by renowned research leaders and high-profile national media. Over 8,300 respondents participated in the 2016 Survey.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, 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 served more than 1.5 million military family members. Blue Star Families believes that all military families should be able to serve and simultaneously build thriving and healthy families. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.
About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Learn more about IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu/.