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Military Spouses & Dependents

The Impossible Choice: Housing, Schools & Financial Stability

2021-03-26

Like civilian families, military families must make trade-offs to balance the needs of their family members when they move. But as we all know, military families typically experience more frequent relocations—meaning that those hard decisions come more often.

When anticipating a PCS move, military families must consider what housing option would best support their needs. In addition to the family’s overall financial situation, considerations include a spouse’s career, quality of schools, availability of child care, a child’s health needs, the need or desire to be on base, or the geographical distance from extended family and other support networks.

It is nearly an “impossible choice,” but one that military families have to make quite often. 

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The Military Family Experience 2021: Path to Recovery

Blue Star Families’ Military Family Lifestyle Survey results release event, The Military Family Experience 2021: Path to Recovery took on the tough decisions military families have to make in a robust and engaging conversation on March 30 and 31.

AAFMAA President BG Michael J. Meese, Ph.D. (USA, Ret.) joined Rebecca “Becky” Porter, Ph.D. (President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition) and Shelley Kimball, Ph.D. (Research Director, Military Family Advisory Network) as a panelist on The Impossible Choice: Housing, Schools & Financial Stability, which took place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12 PM ET.

Watch these lively discussions to hear the latest research that will shape the military community agenda for the next year and beyond.