Each year, Blue Star Families conducts an important Military Family Lifestyle Survey to get a closer look at what military families need, and suggest funding to provide for their well-being.
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National Survey Examines Military Families During Deployment

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Growing up with one parent absent is difficult; know that your parent is in a danger zone daily is a stress that is unique to military children. Deployment affects the lives of all family members, especially military children.

Each year, Blue Star Families conducts an important Military Family Lifestyle Survey to get a closer look at what military families need, and suggest funding to provide for their well-being.

Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, aims to empower military families and raise awareness of the challenges of military service and the military lifestyle.

MILITARY FAMILIES REPORT CHALLENGES

The annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey gathers information on how military families and veterans maintain a home, family, and career, while an active duty family member is deployed overseas.

Over a dozen military family and veteran organizations have partnered with Blue Star Families to support Military Lifestyle Survey outreach.

DEPLOYMENT AND STRESS

Military families face unique stresses and tend to feel isolated from their civilian counterparts: in 2010, a staggering 92% of military families surveyed felt that the public did not understand or appreciate the challenges of modern day military families. This added greatly to the stress felt among military children.

Based on data from the 2010 Military Lifestyle Survey, deployment creates such a high-stress environment for military families, specifically impacting children in military families, careers of military spouses, and overall financial well-being, that more federal support programs are desperately needed.

MILITARY SURVEY PINPOINTS MILITARY FAMILY ISSUES

According to Vivian Greentree, Blue Star Families Director of Research and Policy, feedback from past surveys guides the survey to address relevant military family concerns: military caretaking, EFMP issues, financial literacy, suicide prevention, military spouse employment, civic engagement, and social media for military families.

BLUE STAR DATA SUGGESTS MORE MILITARY FAMILY SUPPORT

Blue Star Families' research targets the causes of military stress, enhancing communication methods, feelings on community support, and more. Survey data is used to develop and improve military family programs and suggest effective allocation of military funding.

Survey results are used widely to benefit military families and veterans. Past survey results have been cited by and presented to the White House, Congress, the Department of Defense, and a joint session of the Senate and House Military Family Caucuses.

Visit http://bluestarfam.org/survey to take the survey or to read the results from the 2010 survey.



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