Data from Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) informs a deeper understanding of the psycho-social stressors surrounding military families. The aMFLS provides a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families. Military families are, first and foremost, American families. As such, they are very similar to their civilian neighbors. Many need dual incomes to be financially secure, are concerned about their children’s education and well-being, and want to establish roots and contribute to their community. The unique demands of military service, however, mean families must serve and sacrifice along with their service member, resulting in outstanding issues and challenges for the entire military family. Supporting military families strengthens national security and local communities, and is vital to sustaining a healthy All-Volunteer Force. Toward this end, Blue Star Families, with help from its valued partners, conducts a survey and produces an annual report on the state of military families. This presentation will highlight the latest findings and recommendations from the latest Military Family Lifestyle Survey.
Target Audience: For behavioral health/healthcare providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Instructional Level: Introductory
Evaluate the latest research on the top challenges facing military service members, veterans, and their families
Employ empirically-based recommendations for improving quality of life for military service members, veterans, and their families
Dr. Strong is the Co-Director of Applied Research at Blue Star Families. Her work with Applied Research focuses on the annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, as well as developing, executing, and analyzing other research projects that support Blue Star Families mission and enhance the national conversation about military families. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fayetteville State University and a PhD in Social Work from Rutgers University,