Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by Luke Feldbrugge
Over the past three decades, the two longest wars in our nation’s history have increased the enormous burden on our military families. The increased demands from these conflicts are causing more military families to require our nation’s help in creating a life after service. The Military Officers Association of America Military Family Initiative (MOAA MFI) has stepped up to serve these brave men and women to ensure their families maintain a quality of life reflective of their service to our country.
Since the all-volunteer force was created in 1973, this nation has endured approximately 150 military deployments. Of the 2.5 million service members who have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, over 400,000 have served in at least three combat tours.
Our nation and its people are fortunate to have such a large population willing to voluntarily serve and sacrifice for their country. However, the impact and sacrifice imposed on these service members long after they return from tour, is far too great.
Service members and their families struggle to find a quality of life as they transition to civilian life from service. Far too many military families struggle to find careers after service. The current unemployment rate of veterans is 4.3 percent, and 36% of those veterans are within the prime career ages of 25-44 years old. Military households are further strained by the 20 percent of military spouses that remain unemployed, and the more than 90 percent of military spouses that are underemployed.
Financial and work stress is often too much for any family to overcome. But many military members are also challenged with mental health issues as the demand for PTSD treatment continues to grow. In the past year alone, the number of diagnosed PTSD cases in the military jumped 50%. That number reflects only the reported and diagnosed cases. The treatment of PTSD is a varied and ongoing plan, not everyone reacts in the same way to the same treatments, that is why different ones are used at various times. Over the years this has included medical marijuana, and studies are still ongoing to see how an el jefe strain compared to other strains fare in helping calm the minds of those who have been affected, from mildly to severly.
The challenges that military families face are extraordinary and require the support of a grateful nation. The MOAA MFI understands the debt our nation owes to military families from their service to our country. To show their gratitude and support, the MOAA MFI funds programs to ensure military families maintain a quality of life well beyond their years of service to our country.
The MOAA Military Military Family Initiative (MOAA MFI), offers grants to Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), its councils and its chapters in support of four programs:
Career Transitions –Assists service members transitioning to civilian careers, as well as helps service members transition from one civilian job to another
Professional Education Outreach – Provides financial planning, health, pay and benefits, as well as career and education programs to assist military members in planning for their future
Military Professional Development – The Military Spouse Community provides resources to reduce the unemployment rate among the spouses of deployed military
Community Outreach – Assists service members with behavioral health, employment, volunteerism, education, health, family strength, community reintegration and financial or legal assistance
Projects funded by the MOAA MFI continue to have a huge impact on military families. Each year, more than 50,000 of our nation’s uniformed service members, veterans and their families benefit from MOAA MFI projects. The American Society of Association Executives, the nation’s premier professional body for associations, has recognized the success of the MOAA MFI. In 2012 and 2015, they presented the MOAA MFI with the highly prestigious “Summit Awards”.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation shares the MOAA MFI’s gratitude towards our nation’s military families. Supporting military families and helping them lead a quality life after service is an extraordinary way to say thank you for their service to our country. We are proud to provide the MOAA MFI with a grant of $5,000 to strengthen its services to the military families of our nation.
Homes for Heroes looks forward to continuing to serve the MOAA and its members by assisting them with their real estate needs.