(PRWEB) May 04, 2012
WHAT: In a joint Senate and House Military Family Caucus event, Blue Star Families will release the results of its 2012 Military Families Lifestyle Survey. The launch will highlight key results of this impactful survey and feature a panel discussion with government, military and civilian leaders and interview opportunities with key attendees and military families.
WHO: Blue Star Families, the Senate and House Military Family Caucuses, military and government leaders and military families, including Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, spouse of Gen. Martin Dempsey; Dr. Meg Harrell from the Center for New American Security; Rich Morin from Pew Research Center; Dr. Mary Keller of the Military Child Education Coalition; and Dr. Vivian Greentree of Blue Star Families. The panel will be preceded by remarks from the Senate and House Military Family Caucus Chairs.
WHERE: Atrium of the United States Capitol Visitor Center Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 10 am – 12 pm
RSVP: Stephanie Himel-Nelson, 703-472-6292, Stephanie(at)BlueStarFam(dot)org
Lindy Kyzer, 202-374-4291, lindy.kyzer)at)gmail(dot)com
DETAILS: Sponsored by both the Senate and Congressional Military Family caucuses, the event will feature a panel discussion between military family experts, and focus on key survey results on the issues of top concerns to military families after ten years of war. The full survey report will be available at http://bluestarfam.org/survey on May 9, 2012.
On May 10, 2012, at 3:00 pm, Blue Star Families will also participate in a Facebook Live panel focused on PTS/TBI and other wellness issues faced by military families and veterans, issues of top concern to military families in the 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey. For more information, email Stephanie(at)BlueStarFam(dot)org.
Blue Star Families’ groundbreaking research on military families, veterans and service members has provided key information to inform meaningful, effective programs for military families. The 2012 Military Families Lifestyle Survey findings point to five top areas of concern for military families – changes to retirement benefits, pay/benefits; effects of deployment on children; OPTEMPO; spouse employment/education; and PTS/Combat Stress/TBI. The 2012 survey found that military families are engaged in civic and volunteer service at a significantly higher rate than the general population and that most support an all-volunteer force. Additionally, 95% of military families feel the general public does not truly understand or appreciate the sacrifices made by service members and their families.
Previous Military Families Lifestyle Survey findings have helped identify and explore the issues that face those who serve in the military and their families. Every survey provides valuable insight into the challenges of military family life, impacting policy development, and educating military leadership, government decision-makers and the general public on the challenges and stressors impacting today’s military families.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians.
To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org.