2014 Military Family Lifestyle Survey
In February 2014, Blue Star Families fielded its fifth annual survey to determine the contemporary issues facing military families. The key concerns identified by respondents were: military pay and benefits, changes to retirement benefits, impact of deployment on children, military spouse employment, and military lifestyle uncertainty.
The survey, for the first time this year, was conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. The survey generated 6,270 individual responses and included military family members from all branches of services, ranks and regions both within the United States and overseas military installations.
And while many military families are dealing with the repercussions from the past 13 years of continuous war, many more are re-enlisting or signing up to serve for the first time. These men and women join a life of service unfamiliar to most of our nation. This cohort of volunteers will be tested again and again. Understanding and learning more about why people choose to serve, why they stay in the military and how they can successfully transition as veterans is essential to the sustainability of voluntary military service.
Funding for the Military Family Lifestyle Survey provided through the generosity of our presenting sponsor USAA and from Health Net Federal Services, UnitedHealthcare, JPMorgan Chase, and Facebook.