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    The all-volunteer force at a crossroads: The military family and veteran connection

    When: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


    Serving in the military goes well beyond the individual and to the entire family, which makes having an understanding of the issues involved even more important. It is also critical to inform policymakers from the White House to Congress, the Department of Defense, and beyond. Military families face unique needs and challenges, and there is no alternative to hearing from them directly. Increasing the dialogue between the military community and the broader public minimizes the gap between the two, and supports the health and viability of the all-volunteer force.

    On December 8, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings will host a discussion to mark the release of the 2016 Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, one of the most critical tools to understanding the issues facing service members, veterans, and military family members.

    The event will open with an introduction by Kathy Roth-Douquet of Blue Star Families. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning will give remarks and take audience questions, followed by a panel discussion which will include Cristin Orr Shiffer, senior advisor for policy and survey at Blue Star Families, and Rosalinda Maury, director for applied research and analytics at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Both organizations are responsible for conducting the survey. Todd Weiler, assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs, and Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon of Brookings will join them. Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow and director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings, will moderate the panel.

    Following conversation, panelists will take audience questions.

    Learn more by visiting bluestarfam.org/survey, and join the conversation on Twitter using #BSFsurvey.

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