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Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Military families serve our country with pride, honor, and quiet dedication. The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. We provide families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, work to get them the benefits they deserve, and offer programs that improve their lives. Our 45 years of accomplishments have made us a trusted resource for military families and the Nation's leaders.

Programs: Engaging communities:many resources to support military families exist, but families feel lost or overwhelmed sifting through them. We link families to critical information through our website, social media, and our worldwide network of volunteers. Our mymilitarylife app is a central resource on topics including: moving, deployment, retirement/leaving the military, survivors, and caregivers. It anticipates families' needs with vetted info customized to each family and spares families from the stress having to search 10,000+ military-affiliated websites for info themselves. We help communities find ways to support troops, veterans, and their families in transition.

strengthening and healing military families:military families now struggle with new uncertainties after shouldering 14 years of war for the nation. To help, we focus on critical priorities: strengthening children and families emotionally strained by departures to and returns from combat zones and other far-off assignments; rebuilding families scarred by visible and invisible wounds of war; and preparing spouses for jobs to reduce family financial stress and care for their families given the unthinkable. Thousands of family members attended our 2014 operation purple childrens camps and family retreats, and almost 500 spouses received scholarships for education or workforce training, including spouses of wounded and fallen service members.

creating change: policy and awareness: in addition to our direct work with military families, we work with the department of defense and veterans affairs, white house, congress, and other leaders who ask for our input to improve the lives of military families on a broad scale. We testify before congress and state legislatures, and achieve changes to laws like those improving support for family members caring for the wounded or seeking better access to quality health care and education support for their children. We are in touch with families around the world, and advise them about financial, medical, mental health, respite care, and other aid available to them as they cope with and heal from the lingering effects of war and the military lifestyle.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly been. volunteer for National Military Association for over 20 years, while my husband was active duty and now as a retired military spouse. Although there are many organizations who support the military, I know of no others who are working with Congress to push for the benefits of all the military service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been proudly volunteering for the National Military Family Association for over three years and counting. Every person with the Association whom I have worked with has been professional and passionate for the shared mission of serving those who serve our country and their families. The Association is up front and center when approached with concerns, or when there is an issue that they feel needs to be challenged to better the welfare of the military member and their family.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to donate to the National Military Family Association based on the great work it has done on behalf of military families and its excellent stewardship of donors' funds. It has consistently earned the highest ratings possible with Charity Navigator and GuideStar. That puts my mind at ease because I know our hard-earned money will be invested in our military families wisely with the maximum return in mind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the National Military Family Association since 2005. I am a proud Army dad. A volunteer for the American Red Cross and the VA.
During that time I have been extremely impressed with their work for military families. The many goals they have set have been meant and in some cases exceeded. They are always on the cutting edge, for example the My Military Life app, targeting military spouses/family members answers almost every question a family member would have or directs a person to the agency that would be most helpful.
I am pleased to be a member of the volunteer corp.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the National Military Family Association for three years and find it extremely rewarding and I am very proud of the work they do for military families around the world. The volunteers are dedicated, professional and very knowledgeable about their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association works hard to support military families by advocating for their benefits. I love this group!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association truly cares for military families. They offer information and support via their website and multiple social media outlets. They advocate for military families throughout all levels of the government. The Association supports spouses with scholarships, and military children with Operation Purple Camps, among many other things. Volunteering with the National Military Family Association has been very rewarding!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

St Vincent De Paul Society in Tolleson,Az is a true blessing. They have provided myself(Richard) an unemployed Vietnam Era Veteran with the will to live. The organization has assisted me numerous times with food. I have no job and an underwater mortgage. My home will eventually go away; If, assistance is not available. I 've tried all the programs,SaveMyHome,HardestHitFund and I quality for not one. St Vincent De Paul does not have the funds or resources for mortgage assistance. My family is poor and i have no where to go. They have been very spirtual and I pray to God for help. I wish and I pray God will hear me out. Thank you. Richard, E-Mail Valencia.richard11@yahoo.com

1 Shannon18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful and rewarding experience volunteering for the National Military Family Association. They work very hard to develop programs that benefit all military families. Their volunteers are tireless. It is a phenomenal Association. I love being a part of them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association is a wonderful organization that seems to have a very positive impact in the military community. I feel good knowing my donation is being used in so many great ways!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across this group through an internet search and further research showed that they are good stewards of their money. My wife and I are thankful for the work done on behalf of military families and we will continue to donate. Thanks for all that you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our club unanimously elected to award funds to your organization. We are very appreciative for all that you have done to support military families. Many lives have been touched by your organization’s generous support and we are truly thankful. Thank you for supporting military families!

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Jenn Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Association has provided support and resources for my family and military community. They have provided me with the tools to help advocate on behalf of other military families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Association as a relatively new military spouse back in 1995. While I was becoming familiar with organizations that supported military families locally, I had no understanding of what was happening that impacted our families on a national and global level. I then attended a conference which featured a speaker from this amazing organization and I was hooked. They provided information, advocacy, and resources to military families and reassured me that there were people beyond my small little world looking out for our best interests. I am now a lifetime member of the Association and I have been a volunteer for the past ten years. The Association has played an important role in informing me of changes in benefits and services, in advocating on behalf of issues that directly impact my family's quaity of life, and in addressing my questions and concerns when I have sought information and guidance. Additionally as a volunteer, they have provided me with resources to succeed in my volunteering and have provided me with opportunities to use my skills to support military families and grow as a volunteer.

1 Andrew C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The activities of the National Military Family Association originally caught my attention when looking for ways to support students whom I later recognized as having something in common--affiliation with the U.S. military. Some of the articles and research present by the association not only assisted me in my professional role as a teacher, I eventually focused my doctoral dissertation on the resilience of military dependent students as a result. Publication is forthcoming. . . I remain grateful to the benefactors, staff, and other volunteers (of which I am one) for their contributions to families of our nation who . . . serve. The National Military Family Association offers a variety of supports, sometimes unrecognized, that buttress the fabric of our nation. In particular, I offer my appreciation for the numerous opportunities for kids and families to participate in the Operation Purple Camps.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first began my "love affair" with the National Military Family Association in October 2009. I'd heard about it, but never really "knew" about it until my family was named the USCG Family of the Year during the Association's 40th Anniversary. Because of this special year, the event we attended was surreal. I don't remember a lot of the people I met but I know that there were a lot of military supporters there, including brass from all services, all the vendors that support the military, TriWest, our healthcare provider was a sponsor, and of course the Board of Directors for the Association and their support. After the event was over, I decided I wanted to give back since I was given such an awesome award and opportunity. I became an Association Representative and fostered others to become Reps also. I also reported back to the Association that there were problems in the Alaska military area that should be addressed. I attended well thoughtout trainings that the Association recorded for me so I could still work and be a volunteer. I have now been a Rep and/or Volunteer for the Association for almost 3 years. I was also sent to a camp for military children to observe how they administer their programs and report it back to the Association - lots of fun. I am lucky to be a volunteer although lately I have been so busy with my children and life that I can volunteer when I can! If anyone is looking for a place to volunteer, this is it. I could go on and on but I'll stop now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first intruduced to the National Military Family Association by winning the Coast Guard Family of the Year award from them in 2009. I was so inspired by all of the wonderful things they do for active duty, retired, spouses, and children that I had to become a regular volunteer. I now write for them, speak about what they do and the services they offer to fellow military folks, and attend trainings when available. If you need any military information at all whatsoever, they are the go-to website/organization! The Association also started Operation Purple Camps for children of active duty military that are away from their families! Awesome stuff!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with the NMFA on scholarship vetting and advising on government relations I have found that it is using all of its resources to help military families realize success. Being a daughter of a military member, the spouse of a military member and the mother of a military member, having an organization like the NMFA focused on the family, is a real benefit. As a volunteer I have been able to give scholarships to deserving individuals who would likely been unable to continue educational pursuits. I have been also been able to pass on my expertise to the organization to aid in making influential decisions that impact military families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was attracted tot he organization in the beginning by its mission and its hostory. I was impressed by the programs and how they directly impated the lives of military families. When I applied to be a volunteer, I respected the thorough application process and was honored to be accepted. I n my 2 years as a volunteer I have had close contact with my coordinator who has systematically trained and supported my growth as a volunteer in the organization. The staffat the National office is ALWAYS available and willing to help. I have been offered expanding oppotunities to staff information tables at pre-deployment events, meet with spouse clubs, do site visits at operation Purple Camps, read and offer input on Scholarship applications, and write/edit for hte newsletters. I am grateful for being a part of this organization. It is the first thing I tell people about when they ask about. I am proud to assist in any way with the great mission of the organization. You need only know that the First Lady reached out to the National Military Family Association to participate in her initiatives for Military Families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Less than a year ago, the National Military Family Assocaition was an organization that I wasn't familiar with. Then I met Christina Jumper and in a very short conversation I could feel the emotion and feeling of pride she had with working with this organization. I, in turn, went online to find out what it took to become a volunteer and I immediately signed up. I became a volunteer in July and since then have been truly amazed by everything I have seen. The National Military Family Association is constantly trying to find out the issues our families are having and I know having been a soldier and now as a military spouse, that it is extremely important to know you have someone out there watching out for our well-being. I can't put into words that pride I have working with such an organization over the last nine months, but I can tell you it is an organization I will be with for many years to come.

Kelly Moore M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a military spouse and mother of two young children, I value the research and testimony that the National Military Family Association provides to congress in support of issues and advocacy that impact all military families. As a volunteer for the Association, I found that my donation was money well spent! When I report any issues to the Association that seem to be a trend in our area, it seems as though in the next few Association newsletters that trend is being addressed in some form or fashion directly to congress!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had a wonderful experience volunteering for National Military Family Association. One might feel like they have done busy work in the past when volunteering but at the National Military Family Association I felt as if the work I was contributing was actually helpful. It was a rewarding experience to know my time was spent in a way that utilized my skills to help make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association is a high quality and caring non-profit organization which I am proud to be a part of as a member, a Volunteer, and a benefitting military spouse. The Association continues with its advocacy on behalf of military families and keeps up with on-going and current issues concerning them. They seem to "dig deeper" with their research and findings, take real action, and give our military families a true voice. When I first got connected with the Association, I realized that they were broad in their scope, yet also had to be specific in dealing with the different Uniformed Services which are very similar yet also very different - I learned the term "Purple." As a Volunteer, I continue to receive training and up-to-date information on how I can help and be active in my own military community. As a military spouse, their website and staff are amazing resources for me and my military friends. With the Naitonal Military Family Association, we are never alone or without assistance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association is a wonderful support for the military families. I was a recipient of the scholarship award in 2004 for spouses and had made good use of the money towards my doctoral degree in Education. I was also recognized for my previous community work by the Association in 2003 so I decided to give back as a Volunteer . I have been a Volunteer for the Association since Feb 2010 and have found the experience to be rewarding. I meet military families and people who truly want to assist the military community constantly. With the support of my regional coordinator and the headquarters team, I am able to advocate for the needs of our military families through education and information gathering. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer. I enjoyed my first year as a volunteer as I was able to train with other volunteers from different regions, visit an Operation Purple Camp and spent some time with military childrem, represent the Association at different military events/functions, attempt to recruit new volunteers, work with other volunteers, learn new things through webinar trainings, be abreast of military issues through informational emails and newsletters. I enjoy being a volunteer because I feel valued and supported.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Military Family Association is an amazingly well run charitable organization. They are a wonderful, all encompassing rescource for the massive tangle that can be involved in seeking information or support from the military on family issues. There is a specialist on site in every field who will personally help you find informaiton or find the proper rescource for a problem.
If there is no current answer to a problem or concern, they have the rescources to make things happen on our behalf. Always thinking one step ahead of what military families need or what would make our life easier and making these things happen.
Operation Purple for children is a wonderful example. This massive program that NMFA instilled thru soliciting funds on our behalf, helps children of deployed military to go to camp, have fun and sort thru their feelings about their missing parent. At no cost to the family.
I see the people involved on this campaign and they work tirelessly year round to make this yearly event a success and to reach as many families as possible.
My hats off to this great organization and I enjoy volunteering with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former Army Spouse, now a Marine Corps Spouse and a volunteer for the National Military Family Association. Volunteering for the National Military Family Association has been an honor and a blessing. The staff is absolutely amazing and very nice. When I'm volunteering in the office, staff members would always stop what they are doing to thank me and to let me know how appreciative they are for my help.

NMFA does so much work for military families. Giving recognition to a different military family each year, providing scholarships for spouses and allowing military kids to have a free camping experience at Operation Purple Camp....this Association rocks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have grown up with this organization from my start as a volunteer proofreader where I helped the editing team review print and web material to this year as their Sydney Talley Hickey grant recipient. While doing background research on best practices for volunteer management, I realized that the National Military Association's had been applying these techniques for years: volunteer recognition through organizational and outside award nominations such as Presidential Voln Service Award; provide training through webinars, one-on-one and conference settings; and offering a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from editing association contact, manning information booths, sharing information with other military families to volunteer coordination roles. While they frequently remind us of the necessity for reporting volunteer hours, they have never let lack of reporting interfere with volunteer support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the proud wife a an Active Duty Marine and a Volunteer with the National Military Family Association. Long before it was "popular", the National Military Association was leading the way in ensuring our families were well taken care. The Operation Purple Camp Program is truly one of the greatest resources available to a military child and their family. I visited an Operation Purple Camp in July 2011 in Ca. I was so impressed with the planning, development and staffing that went into an amazing week for our young family members. Kudos to the association for recognzing that our children serve to!!! Kudos for providing a great, much needed program! And huge kudos for researching what our families and children need and creating much needed toolkits to help schools and community members address the needs of our military children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association is a fantastic non-profit that supports military families nationwide. The speak up for military families and help provide greater understand of and access to military benefits. Not only does the National Military Family Association serve military families but many of the volunteers and organization are part of the military family, either past or present and they fight for programs and benefits that strengthen our military families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a military Family member, I am proud to volunteer my time and energy to the National Military Family Association. Their hard work and tireless efforts are a reflection of the people they work so hard to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of NMFA--their focus and mission is one that can't be ignored. Their programs fight for and protect military families and by offering such an array of support programs, they have made a huge difference in thousands of families' lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have used the NMFA website many times as a reference guide and it has been a very helpful tool. The main page is very easy to navigate and clean. I am new to the military life (only a few years) and found the information on this website to help answer many of the questions I had. I also found the spouse education information was very helpful. I am a current member of NMFA and also serve as the FRG leader for my husbands unit. I often send links to the website to families for more information about certain subject matters (Operation Purple, education information, the page about "what happens to me during a gov't shutdown", and other benefit information). Overall, I really enjoy visiting the NMFA website when I have questions. It is easy to read, well organized and interactive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my opinion the non-profit organization the National Military Family Association is professional, effective and successful. They are a group of talented individuals with a plethora of ideas, creativity and stamina to make change. I have seen and felt the impact of the change for military families as the organization has lobbied these changes to the Hill. The people who work in the organization are passionate and pay attention to the small things; the cumulative effective is a Big thing. They make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization's cause is one we can all get behind. Families in the military need our support, and the National Military Family Association seems to do be very efficient about how they spend my donations.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I donated to this organization instead of giving my grandfather a bithday present. He served in World War II, so he was very happy to know that people were looking out for families like his.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a military spouse and a volunteer, I like how they balance the needs for family programs with their advocacy efforts. While it is easy to see the work they do when the news reports about their camps for children, it is their advocacy efforts which help all families. When we move and I get a professional weight allowance, it's because of the National Military Family Association. When my spouse is deployed, I know that the Association advocated for the increase in the separation allowance that we receive. We are lucky that Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden have the National Military Family Association to look to when they want to find out how our nation can support military familes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Military Family Association is a Class A organization. I have personally witnessed the passion and professionalism devoted by the Association when it comes to the well-being and quality of life issues that are specific to military families. During the past year the Association brought together experts in all fields of healthcare, education, behavioral health, women's issues, and children. After a full day of discussion and brainstorming these experts were then brought back for a second day to engage in conversation with additional stakeholders and military families (like myself) to have candid and real discussions about what works and what does not. These follow-on discussions brought a "real" voice to the strategic thinking that these experts had not previously had and led to the development of the Association’s Community Toolkit that further educates the public on military family strengths and challenges. This is but a small example of how the mission and vision of the Association truly represents military familes. With little thought for self promotion, The National Military Family Association keeps the service member and their family always at the forefront of their actions, advocacy, programs, and resources. A true 5 star organization!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I give money, I like to know that its not being wasted. Especially when its being spent on our men and women of the armed forces. Keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having personal connections to the cause, I know the strain that deployment can place on a family. The work of the National Military Family Association is a crucial component to preserving the moral of the home front and helping those cope with the difficulties of a military family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard about your venture helping military children on television and think it is an absolutely amazing cause. I couldn't help but come to your website and submit a review. All the best with this cause moving forward!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I found this Association online through their great charity ratings. I know there are many military charities, but I like knowing that a high percentage of what I donate will go directly to the military families for which it is intended.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the National Military Family Association by hearing news about Operation Purple camps. We are a military family currently stationed in Washington State but are soon to move. When we move, we know that our moving benefits will be greater than they might otherwise because of advocacy from the National Military Family Association. As a family with two children, it is great to know that such a dedicated organization is looking out for our needs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I like how the organization does a good job of keeping me informed of events and opportunities that I otherwise would not know about. When my husband was deployed for the first time just two months after we got married, i received a good deal of information from NMFA that helped me cope with the situation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A military spouse of 19 years, I am very pleased with NMFA. I receive their monthly updates and frequently forward them to my other military spouse friends to provide them with information that we may not be receiving from other avenues. I love that they are doing this for us, the military family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a military spouse of 26 years and have been a member of the National Military Family Association for about fifteen years. I have been involved with many of the programs and work that the association has done over the years, and am proud of my contributions to this organization. I also use the website/newsletter to update information for trainings that I can pass along to Soldiers and Families. This is an excellent organization and one that has consistently served my community for many years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the military community nearly my whole life, and believe that not for profits that serve our military community are very important! The work this organization does makes a real impact in the lives of families like mine. Not only does contributing to this association help our military families, but shows that we support the sacrifices that they make.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NMFA is a fantastic non-profit organization; I started volunteering there when I was only 15, but was immediately treated like an adult. Everyone there is very welcoming and respectful. It is overall a great environment, and is reflected in the work that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our spouse club has been affiliated with National Military Family Association for years and we are proud to continue our connection. Not only does the association regularly communicate with our club through their volunteer representatives, but we have seen the association consistently look to grow and better serve America’s military families. It is great to support an organization that so aggressively pursues its mission and supports its constituents.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a military family member, I am proud to be a supporter of the National Military Family Association. We need organizations like theirs to Not do invaluable work advocating for the needs of our military families. I know that our families and our country is better off for their work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NMFA is a top class organization dedicated to serving military families. The staff is extremely dedicated and cares deeply for the interests of its members. I would strongly urge anyone associated with the military in any way to become a part of this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization. The staff consists largely of military spouses that are willing to work for below market wages because they are devoted to the mission of the organization. The organization identified a need for educational help for military spouses and created a scholarship program, solicited initial funding from General Dynamics and now have a program just a few years later that will grant over 500 scholarships this year. After a long career with an elite Federal Agency, I have never been prouder to serve than helping this dedicated group.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a military family and now military parents, we are very grateful for the work this organizations does for military families like ours. I recently attended the association's 40th anniversary event. It was a great event that really showed the good work the National Military Family Association has done over the past 40 years. I hope they are around for 40 more years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having spent my entire life as a US Army family member (daughter, wife, widow), I have encountered many groups that work with and help family members. I know of no other one that helps as much or that has as many dedicated volunteers and staff, many of whom have been family members themselves. They know what the families need and manage to figure out how best to help, whether it's individual help, programs, legislation, etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of NMFA for longer than I care to admit! I first served as a rep at Ft Ord in CA from 1990-1993. I have seen the organization grow in its professionalism, outreach and effectiveness. A truly dedicated staff who believes in its mission is the key. A great organization that does more for the people it serves than any other PO I have ever been associated with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

National Military Family Association is an awesome organization working tirelessly to support our Service members, veterans, and their Families. They haven taken such a holistic approach in providing support, assistance, and advocating to make life for military families the best that they deserve. I think very highly about this organization and encourage my military and civilian friends and others to learn more about NMFA, and support the important mission they work toward!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a National Military Family Association volunteer for 10 years. I continue to work for the causes of the National Military Family Association because they truly understand the vital needs of military families. They are a professional and highly successful organization. They continue to effect profound, positive changes in lives of military families. They are the very best at what they do. I also enjoy knowing that my contributions are really helping military families like my own.