There are a few organizations devoted to addressing pressing needs within military families that we want to highlight.
The National Military Family Association for over 50 years has created programs to support family well-being. Currently, many military families face food insecurity, access to affordable child care, military spouse unemployment or underemployment and teen mental health challenges.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization that supports military caregivers, including children and adolescents who care for parents with visible and invisible wounds. Using research on the impact of caregiving on the lives of military children, and partnering with Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations, EDF created effective programs like Hidden Heroes to support military caregiver kids.
BLOOM is a website created by military teens for military teens, who built a worldwide community through writing. The platform helps them to cope with the disruptions of moving every 2-3 years, connect with friends they had to leave, and give guidance on navigating new homes, new countries and new schools. It's a special place for military teens to share emotions and challenges they face while also showcasing their art, adventures, music and poetry.
These and many more organizations contribute enormously to military families and we thank them.