We empower local leaders like yourself to use the data shared below to build and deliver programs that effectively meet the needs and, as a result, further empower military and Veteran families in your community.
2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Results - Illinois
2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Results - Chicago
Chicagoland Needs Assessment
The McCormick Foundation has sponsored a three-part needs assessment for active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve families in the Chicagoland area. Findings can be used to inform Blue Star Families’ and other local nonprofit program delivery and collective action.
Phase I: Exploratory Analysis
- Currently-serving families, women, and minorities are underrepresented in available research
- Available research on Chicagoland Veterans suggests that Veterans transitioning back to Chicago after leaving service struggle to find peer support networks, employment opportunities, and mental health care; their children encounter psychosocial difficulties transitioning into the school system
Phase II: Focus Groups
In line with findings from the initial exploratory analysis, focus group participants identified COVID-19’s disruptive impacts, mental health and health care access challenges, and complexities associated with employment as key issues, regardless of location.
Phase III: Regional Survey