You’re needed. Yes, you!
Your experience and insight as a Veteran of our nation’s armed forces are needed for the Blue Star Families’ Military Family Lifestyle Survey. This survey, now in its 10th year, is currently open and we need your voice to make it complete.
Military and Veteran families often share the trials and frustrations of a life of service, but often those experiences are only shared with friends and loved ones. The survey helps to amplify your concerns. Because the survey is considered a preeminent resource and window into military-affiliated families, those who drive policy and decisions in the government, corporate, and nonprofit worlds, they gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our military families when they read the #BSFSurvey results. For that reason, the survey is an opportunity to increase dialogue between the military community and broader American society, minimize the civilian-military divide and support the health and sustainability of the all-volunteer force.
And that’s why you’re needed. Because:
1. You’ve experienced it all
The good. The bad. The frustrating. As a Veteran, you’ve seen both sides of military service and you know what is going on. That’s why your experiences are so vital to the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Because you’ve been there, done that as a service member and a Veteran. And that’s powerful.
2. The struggle is real on both sides
Military spouses and Veteran spouses experience the same kinds of obstacles when it comes to unemployment and underemployment. Giving voice to these issues makes sure that spouses’ needs do not go unnoticed or unacknowledged.
3. Veterans know how to fight
There are a lot of issues affecting military families of all stripes – Veteran, retired, active, National Guard and Reserve. Veterans know the impact of things like operation tempos, PCS-ing, community integration and financial readiness have on serving and Veteran families. Telling your story helps to tell the stories of families like yours that may not have a chance to share theirs.
4. You can affect the future of the military
If you’re no longer serving, your responses to the #BSFSurvey can ring the warning bell and give greater insight into retention policies and concerns like long separations, the loss of or lack of faith in leadership and the impact of the military on serving families. By telling your story, you can help shape the future of how the military keeps the best and the brightest in its ranks.
5. Your voice is invaluable
Until May 25, those who are affiliated with the military community are encouraged to complete the #BSFSurvey. Once you finish it, you’ll be able to enter a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. Your impact goes far beyond the time you spend completing the survey. Your experience as a member of the military community will help to tell the story of America’s service members and their families. We need you. Your military community needs you. Take the survey here.