Blue Star Families Releases 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12PM EST, MAY 9, 2012

Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization supporting military families, today released the results of its 2012 Military Family Lifestyle survey at a joint session of the Senate and House Military Family caucuses. Featuring a panel discussion between military family experts, including Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, the event focused on the issues of top concern to military families. The full survey report is available at http://bluestarfam.org/2012survey.

The survey launch event was held at the Atrium of the United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., and was attended by government, military and community leaders, experts on military and family issues, and military service members and families. Joining Mrs. Dempsey in the panel were Dr. Meg Harrell from Center for New American Security, Rich Morin from Pew Charitable Trusts and Dr. Mary Keller, executive director of Military Child Education Coalition. Senator Richard Burr, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Representative Sanford Bishop, the chairs of the Senate and House Military Family Caucuses, gave introductory remarks at the event.

The families of Americas men and women in uniform are the backbone of the United States military, said U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). They provide the support that our servicemen and women rely upon as they serve in the finest armed forces in the world, and the more information we have about their unique situations, the better equipped we will be to accurately target assistance and support for them. This survey will help us identify and provide the kind of support they need and deserve.

We know that when our brave military men and women put on their uniforms, their entire families join in their service and sacrifice for our country, said U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). We owe it to our military families to do everything we can to ensure that they are healthy and strong, and that their needs are met. That is why this survey is so critical it gives military families a chance to make their voices heard so as a community we can address their concerns and also celebrate in their many contributions.

Often, when discussing our nations armed forces, we tend to focus primarily on our brave service members who put themselves in harms way to protect the freedoms we cherish, said U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA). However, we cannot forget that the families they leave behind sacrifice just as much as our heroes who deploy on missions for our country. These families are impacted in countless ways seen and unseen and we have an obligation to do right by them.