The 2013 Survey by Blue Star Families lists changes in military pay and benefits as well as changes in military retirement benefits as the number one concern of more than 5,000 military families who responded.
This is the fourth year that Blue Star Families has collected data to assess the top priorities of military families and what can be done to support their goals. The information is shared with those who can help effect change like lawmakers and support groups from the local level all the way to the White House.
Here’s what military families ranked as their #1 issue (Percentage of Respondents Ranking #1):
- 35% Military Pay/Benefits
- 21% Change in Retirement Benefits
- 19% Spouse Employment Opportunities
- 16.4% Deployment Impact on Children
- 16% Educational Opportunities for Children
- 14% Services for Transitioning Out of the Military
- 12% Op/Tempo Deployment
- 11% PTSD/TBI/Combat Stress
- 7.7% Rising Number of Suicides
- 7.5% Service Member Educational Opportunities
Additional survey details of interest finds that 72 percent of responding military families rely on social media and say it is important for communicating with a deployed family member. And for the first time, Facebook surpassed email in popularity.
Financial stress is a major concern among military families with 65 percent reporting money problems linked to a spouse’s employment, uncertainty of military life and frequent moves.
You can read the full 54-page survey results here.