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Military Family Network News   ·   November, 2012  



It has been an exciting year for Military Family Network™ and as we move into the holiday season what better time to reflect on all that we have accomplished and all of the blessings and friendships that have been bestowed upon us.

We are proud to honor and support our nation's Armed Forces and we thank them for their selfless service, sacrifice and tireless and determined efforts on behalf of our country and the American people. We especially salute and remember our Veterans this Veterans Day and pledge to support and honor the promise that was made to them when they dedicated themselves to the protection of our freedom.

Ever mindful of this promise and with a grateful heart, Military Family Network™ provided employment and transitional services to assist Veterans with job skills and developing a professional network. We also helped to connect employers with the highly qualified Veterans associated with our Network. In addition, we actively supported initiatives of our community partners addressing Veteran concerns such as mental health services, healthcare, homelessness and wellbeing while promoting awareness and fundraising for their programs.

We also bring to mind this month our continued efforts on behalf of military families. While they often respond reticently to the recognition of their strength and endurance in meeting the challenges of military life, military families are the backbone of support for service members and thus, the bedrock of a successful nation. Military Family Network™ is proud to serve these families who selflessly and dutifully hold down the homefront and we appreciate their unyielding commitment to their service member, Veteran, their families and our nation.

Military Family Network dedicates itself to the success and well being of military families in this same way. For instance, earlier this Fall, we created a multi-faceted walking tour for military families that presented an opportunity for physical activity, intellectual stimulation and emotional connectedness. In addition, by involving stakeholders from throughout the community, we were able to generate awareness for military families while engaging the community in acts of support. We produce positive outcomes like this for military families all year long and will continue to support them in the future.

During this month of thanks, we appreciate all that you do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Megan, Luis and The MFN Team


Meet K12    
K12 is the largest provider of online education in America for grades K through 12. We all know how often many of our military families are required to move. K12 is a way for those families to have a consistent educational experience, year after year. In fact, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection, K12 can give your children a high quality, American education.

K12 in the News!

K12 Inc. delivers first in series of online content empowering school and district partners to personalize courses and instruction.
K12 Inc. announced it has launched the first in a series of content available through the PEAK12 tm program and now has more than 5,500 Lessons available in the PEAK 12 Library.

Read more at: MFN News



DVIDS: Bidens Host Wounded Warriors for Thanksgiving Meal Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a group of wounded warriors for an early Thanksgiving meal at the Vice President's official residence.
View Video at: MFN News

DVIDS: Presidential Salute Battery The presidential salute battery fires modified WWII era anti-tank blank cannon rounds to honor the President, heads of state, foreign dignitaries and funerals for fallen comrades.

View video at: MFN News

Pendleton's child care centers rate perfection during unannounced inspection. After an unannounced inspection of child care centers, Camp Pendleton was the only installation to receive 100 percent compliance for 2012.

Read more at: MFN News




TRICARE is the health care program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors and certain former spouses worldwide.

To learn how to access TRICARE when traveling in the United States.

Watch this: video

Do you have a question for TRICARE. Do you need their Contact information? Try this contact page. It gives you all the options.




VA Guarantees 20 Millionth Home Loan:
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has guaranteed 20 million home loans since its home loan program was established in 1944 as part of the original GI Bill of Rights for returning World War II Veterans. Read more a MFN News

VA Releases New PSA Targeting Women Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new public service announcement (PSA) to let women Veterans know they've come to “The Right Place” when seeking VA health care. Read more at MFN News

Please visit your local Veteran Administration



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MFN Helps Businesses Reach Military Families

We all know how the Military Family Network serves military service members, veterans, and their families by providing resources, information and trusted expert and community advice to help them navigate through military life.

But did you know that MFN also helps businesses with their outreach as well? By introducing the military community to trusted businesses, MFN can help you tap into a market that is traditionally hard to reach, but desires your services.

For military and family friendly businesses, we offer a variety of services that allow you to promote your programs, products and services while demonstrating your support for our military service members, veterans and their families. MFN encourages its business partners to offer military deals and discounts as their way of thanking our military community for their service to our nation.



Nominate Your Employer for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

It is only possible for our National Guard and Reserve members to perform at their best with the support of loved ones, friends, neighbors and, particularly, employers. Thousands of employers across the nation employ National Guard and Reserve members, fully aware that at any moment they may be called to serve. And when this happens, both the employee and employer face challenges. We are grateful for the many employers who remain patriotically steadfast in support of their military employees, both financially and emotionally, going well beyond the law. Supportive employers allow service members to perform their duties while alleviating concerns about their jobs and loved ones back home.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, invites nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. National Guard and Reserve members and their families are eligible, and encouraged, to nominate their employers now through January 21st, 2013 at Freedom Award recipients support their Guard and Reserve employees and their families in important ways, both large and small. Past recipients have provided differential pay during deployments, continued insurance benefits and sent comfort items in care packages. Some of the most valued assistance has been the support extended to deployed service members’ families. When one National Guard member was deployed, his employer filled his seat at his sons’ sports games. After another service member’s family hit hard times during a deployment, his employer stacked gifts under the family’s Christmas tree. And during the deployment of a single father, his employer sent his daughters off to school each morning with a wake up phone call. These seemingly small acts have a significant impact on the lives of National Guard and Reserve members and their families. The 2013 recipients will be announced by early summer and honored at the 17th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. early next fall. Past recipients of the Freedom Award have met with the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. Click here to submit a nominationl.



"Volunteering and helping each other"

Military Family Network is helping to spread the news about becoming a volunteer!

United We Serve is a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth.

This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

To Volunteer and help America heal from national disaster Sandy please visit United We Serv/Sandye




Join Military Family Network's Social Media Family!

Share your life experience and help others build a personal support network.

Joining MFN's Facebook page will help you connect with friends you can count on while participating on MFN's Twitter will page keep you and your friends informed.

Help other families by sharing your knowledge on where that great pizza shop is located, where to find a really good and trustworthy mechanic, and where to find the best deals in town.

Remember! You are your best resource and you can help each other ease into that new location by connecting with each other before you get into town.


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The Military Family Network™ has connected and worked with many media organazations to include ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, Montel Williams, Dr. Phil Show, Sesame Street, AARP, Newsweek, Army Times, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Social Security, Department of Labor, Military OneSource, Reader's Digest, VFW, United Press International, Lifetime, and countless newspapers around the world. These organizations contact MFN for a variety of reasons, but in each case, they want to hear from the military community.

If you are a service member, military family member or veteran and would like to be included in MFN's referral network for media opportunities, please email MFN at help with your interest and contact information. MFN will include you for future opportunities.

Privacy Notice: The Military Family Network™ is committed to ensuring the privacy of our military community according to the Department of Defense and does not release or sell information about anyone contacting MFN. In the event that you participate in MFN's referral network, you will be contacted about opportunities first and given the choice to provide MFN with permission to release your contact information (name, email or phone only) or, be given the contact information to make the connection yourself.

If you are an active member of the Armed Forces, you must contact a PAO (Public Affairs Officer) for guidelines and permissions before participating in public media opportunities.


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