For the third year in a row Blue Star Families has produced and intensive and exhausting Military Family Lifestyle Survey. You can read the results here:
(and you should. It’s fascinating.)
The survey results were released today in D.C. to a group of lawmakers and policy formers in hopes that they’ll actually listen. (fingers crossed) But the fact that so many elected officials were willing to attend does say something.
Similar to the past two years, this year 95% of respondents said that they don’t think American’s civilian population understands or appreciates the sacrifices military families make. That’s heartbreaking, but I concur. We’re going on 11 years of war now. If our civilian neighbors don’t get it yet, I doubt they ever will. Other survey findings were equally interesting. For examples most of those surveyed said the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has had little to no effect on the military. And for the first time worry about retirement benefits ranked as a top concern, likely because of all the waffling Congress has been doing in the last 12 months.
Maybe those lawmakers will listen. The survey also found that a whopping 89% of respondents are currently registered to vote and 91% believe that voting is our duty as Americans.