Families Report Higher Satisfaction with Army Housing

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Families Report Higher Satisfaction with Army Housing

Army families report improved satisfaction with Army-owned and privatized housing, according to a new survey. 

“A higher number of residents participated in this year’s survey, and overall satisfaction rates improved as well,” Michael Reheuser, director of installation services, said in an Army announcement. 

Family Separation Remains Top Military Challenge

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Family Separation Remains Top Military Challenge

Time apart was once again a top concern for troops and their families, especially as they navigated quarantines and other health and safety issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of nearly 11,000 service members, veterans and their families.

Separation from loved ones is often an issue for military families, but Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey found that the pandemic may have magnified that and other challenges.

New AUSA Family Readiness Director Announced

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New AUSA Family Readiness Director Announced

Holly Dailey is the new director of family readiness at the Association of the U.S. Army, bringing more than 35 years of employment and volunteer service experience to the educational nonprofit. 

“I am humbled and wholeheartedly grateful to the greatest association for this honorable opportunity to continue serving our soldiers and families, veterans, civilians, members and community partners. Thank you, AUSA, for welcoming me home to my Army family,” Dailey said March 15 after her appointment was announced. 

AUSA’s Barron Appointed to Pentagon Job

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AUSA’s Barron Appointed to Pentagon Job

Patricia Barron, the Association of the U.S. Army’s family readiness program director, has left the association for a Pentagon job. 

She moved to DoD to become the deputy assistant defense secretary for military community and family policy, a job she’s spent a lifetime preparing to fill. 

DoD Seeks to Improve Services, Support for Families

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DoD Seeks to Improve Services, Support for Families

The latest DoD survey of military spouses showed improvements in areas such as personal health and financial stability, but family members also continued to grapple with increased stress from deployments, spouse employment and other issues.

The Survey of Active-Duty Spouses is conducted every two years, and the results help military leaders identify problems and refine or adjust policies and programs for families. 

Big Quality of Life Initiatives Ahead

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Big Quality of Life Initiatives Ahead

Ambitious initiatives to improve quality of life are being planned for soldiers and Army families, including almost $12 billion for housing and barracks improvements.

This is an effort to put momentum behind the Army’s people priorities, which also extend to Army civilians.

Demand Increases for Virtual Resources in Pandemic

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Demand Increases for Virtual Resources in Pandemic

The Pentagon continues to look for ways to provide service members and their families with access to counseling and other resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

“Our military family resources are especially critical during the pandemic,” Kim Joiner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military, community and family policy, said recently during a virtual media roundtable. “To better serve our service members and their families during this challenging time, [we] significantly enhanced our support efforts in every aspect of our portfolio.”

Gold Star Family Display Unveiled at Pentagon

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Gold Star Family Display Unveiled at Pentagon

A new permanent display honoring Gold Star families who carry on the legacy of their fallen service members has been unveiled at the Pentagon.

“The gold star is a ... symbol of your loved one, a symbol of the one that you lost,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said Oct. 29 during the livestreamed dedication ceremony. 

For every casualty of war, Milley said, “there’s a story that illuminates the true character of a Gold Star family member.” Now this new display, located in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, will tell their stories.

Leaders Focus on Quality of Life for Soldiers, Families

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Leaders Focus on Quality of Life for Soldiers, Families

The Army is making progress—and seeing results—after rolling out several initiatives within the past year to improve quality of life for soldiers and their families.

“We listened to your feedback, understood the issues and laid out our way ahead,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Oct. 15 in a town hall meeting during AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual 2020 annual meeting.