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Global Events and You:
What Military Families Want to Know


Global Events and You:
What Military Families Want to Know

As 2024 begins, America is facing uncertainty on a number of international fronts. Military families are often the first to notice the ripple effects of this uncertainty and knowledge is key. Understanding our nation’s role working with international partners and allies to secure peace and freedom around the globe can help our families and their service members be mission ready. Join military and government leaders with Blue Star Families and The White Oak Collaborative as we help you better understand current events and operations — ensuring you are prepared for the year ahead!

Originally broadcast on February 6th, 2024.

Presented with:



John Kirby

National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications


Jason Israel

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy at the National Security Council


Laura K. Cooper

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia


Daniel B. Shapiro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy

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Kathy Roth-Douquet

CEO, Blue Star Families

Event Resources

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2022 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Results


  • Active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve family respondents reported time away from family as a result of military service as a top five issue.
  • The Impact of Deployment on Family is a top issue for nearly 1 in 2 National Guard (46%) and Reserve (40%) family respondents and 1 in 4 (28%) of active-duty family respondents.
  • 1 in 10 (9%) currently serving family respondents reported their service member was deployed at the time MFLS 2022 was fielding.
  • 21% of active-duty family respondents reported “too many deployments/operational tempo is too high” as a primary reason they/their service member would choose to leave military service.
  • 18% of currently serving family respondents had been separated from their service member for 6-12 months of the year preceding the 2022 MFLS survey fielding.