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April 26, 2015
Source: Fayetteville Observer, NC
A nonprofit organization that aims to serve military families is looking for input to better understand the issues facing that community.
Blue Star Families has launched its “2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey,” billed as the largest of its kind, in an attempt to create an important resource "for information about the current state of the military community."
The 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," Crisin Orr Shiffer, deputy director of research and policy at Blue Star Families, said in a release. "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."
Last year, more than 6,000 respondents participated in the survey, which is conducted with the help of Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
The 2014 survey showed that military pay and retirement changes were the top concerns with 60 percent of respondents stating their financial condition caused some stress, officials said.
The 2014 survey also found that a third of individuals married to active-duty troops were not employed, but wished to be, and more than half of veterans described their transition from the military as difficult.
"Understanding the state of military families helps our nation, our neighbors, and our leaders understand the true cost of maintaining the strongest and most effective all volunteer force," Shiffer said.
The Military Family Lifestyle Survey 2015 takes about 25 minutes to complete and is available at bit.ly/MFLSMedia. Respondents can enter for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 gift cards.
It is open to all active-duty, veterans and military family members.
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