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Make Your Voice Heard Through Military Family Survey

April 25, 2016
Source: Army Times

Health care? Pay? Commissaries? Spouse employment? Retirement changes? Here's your chance to let decision makers know what issues are important to you as a a member of a military family.

The nonprofit Blue Star Families wants you active-duty service members, veterans and their family members to take part in its seventh annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.

The voluntary online survey is anonymous and takes about 30 minutes or longer, depending on your answers. Topics range from deployment challenges, to wellness, education, employment, military child education, financial challenges and public policy issues, to name a few.

The survey will be open through May 30. Findings will be released in December. Each person who participates in the survey can enter for the chance to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

While this is the organization's seventh annual survey, it's the third year Blue Star Families is working with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University in conducting the survey. IVMF is focused on social, economic, education and policy issues that affect veterans and military families.

Nearly 6,300 people took part in the 2015 survey.

“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,” said Cristin Orr Shiffer, senior advisor for policy and survey at Blue Star Families.

In the past, key issues have been concerns about military pay and changes in retirement, military spouse employment, veteran employment, and service member and veteran suicide.

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