2009 – The Year of the Military Family


2009 – The Year of the Military Family

I just received this legislative alert from
Bobby Muller of Veterans for America.
Though I passionately support the
egislation, I do not endorse Blue Star
Families due to their past tradtion of
exclusionary policies meaning one has to
drink the pro-war cool aid in order to be a legitimate member of this organization, thus not liking cool aid, I took down our blue star banner. Despite that, if any Veterans of Military Family support organization does the right thing, I’m all for that regardless if I endorse them or not.

Working with Blue Star Families, Veterans for America members, that’s me, are not only getting behind this Year of the Military Family but endorsing a Military Family survey of attitudes that my military family personally took in order to review it for partisan political stands. We liked what we saw, and the nature of questions asked had nothing to do with a military families questions or views on the war(s) pro, con or otherwise. The total focus is on questions surrounding burdens placed on military families to include military retirees.

The definition of military family goes far beyond the much narrower and traditonal view of military families only being career oriented families. YOU are the member of a military family if you have ANYONE in the Armed Forces and can relate to the Global War on Terror regardless if you believe there is one or not.

I strongly endorse this Blue Star Family survey and sincerely ask that members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and most other veteran and military family organizations and groups excluded by Blue Star families please set aside our differences with this partisan pro-war group and TAKE THIS SURVEY.

Robert L. Hanafin
Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired

Call to contact your U.S. Senators to pass The Year of the Military Family bill and take the Military Families concerns survey.

In the wars that America has been fighting since 2001, almost two million soldiers, marines, sailors and members of the Air Force from our all-volunteer military have served in Iraq and Afghanistan with courage and valor.

militarymomcropped Less visible, but no less honorable, are
the sacrifices made by America’s military
families. The spouses, children, parents,
and grandparents of our men and women
in uniform endure sleepless nights and a
nagging dread lurking behind the quiet
pride in their loved ones who are serving

It is in this spirit that the House voted
422-0 to pass H. Con. Res. 64 which
encourages President Obama to declare
2009 "The Year of the Military Family."

Formal recognition — and programs to address the needs created by — the sacrifice of the 2.9 million military spouses and 1.3 million military children, and millions of military parents is long overdue.

We at Veterans for America urge the Senate to pass this legislation.

Click here to send a letter to your Senators urging them to vote in favor of making 2009 the "Year of the Military Family".


Bobby Muller
Veterans for America

P.S. Our organization and others have done extensive research about the needs of our returning servicemembers through initiatives like our Wounded Warrior Outreach Program, but much less has been done about the needs of our military families. Blue Star Families is conducting an extensive survey of the needs of military families. These results will be presented to the Obama Administration and Members of Congress. If you are a member of a military family please fill out the survey, or if you know someone who is please forward this email to them.

Robert L. Hanafin
Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired
Military Families Speak Out – Ohio

Let’s encourage all military families to speak out and this survey from Blue Star Families is a giant step toward that.


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