National survey of military families details stressors, successes after nearly 14 years of sustained conflict – All current and veteran service members and their families are encouraged to participate and let their voices be heard
Blue Star Families, the nation’s largest chapter-based military families support organization in the country, joined forces with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) for the sixth annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.
The largest of its kind, the Military Family Lifestyle Survey 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.
“Our Blue Star Families 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.
The survey goals include providing concrete data and information about prominent aspects of the military lifestyle, so key leadership makes informed choices on their behalf,” explains Cristin Orr Shiffer, Deputy Director of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families.
All current and former members of the armed forces and their families are encouraged to complete the survey and contribute their voices to the description of today’s military life. The 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey is available at http://bluestarfam.org/survey and will be open until May 20, 2015.
“This annual survey is critical to monitor and gain deeper understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing veterans and the military community,” said Nick Armstrong, senior director of research and policy at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. “The survey also supports policymakers and the community of organizations supporting veterans and military families as they work to advance their post-service lives and well-being.”
The Military Family Lifestyle Survey has historically provided government, military and civilian leadership with key information on the needs of military families, influencing policy recommendations and helping the nation better support our military families. The survey findings are regularly referenced by civilian and military officials at all levels, including the White House, Joining Forces and national media outlets including NPR, FOX News, NBC and CNN.
The results of the 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey will be released in October 2015.