This study is endorsed by the following:

The Mission of Military Community and Family Policy (MCFP) is to contribute to force readiness and quality of life by providing policies and programs that advance the well-being of service members, their families, and other members of the military community. They build the foundation for a continuum of support across military and civilian communities that enable service members and their families to thrive. MCFP has policy oversight within the Family Support Centers, Family Readiness groups, child care centers, youth programs, the Family Advocacy Program, the Exceptional Family Member Program and MWR.

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The Mission of the American Legion is to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. Since it’s inception in 1919, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in American, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.

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General Martin E. Dempsey is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s Chief of Staff. Past assignments have taken the General and his family across the globe - moving 22 times in 36 years of service. General Dempsey understands the burdens military families endure as part of their service to our country, and he offers his support to the Family Study, which aims to guide prevention measures that positively impact military families.

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Dempsey Endorsement

Deanie Dempsey was born and raised in New York. After graduating from LeMoyne College with a degree in education, she married Marty (her high school sweetheart) and began her life as a Military Spouse. She has traveled the world living in seven different states in the US, Germany (11 years) and Saudi Arabia (2 years). She also managed to get her Master’s Degree while living in Colorado. She has three children: Christopher, Megan, and Caitlin. Marty commissioned all three children in the Army, and Chris remains on active duty. Deanie is a role model for Military spouses in every way--from physical fitness to energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion. Like her husband, she is proud to serve!

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Deanie Endorsement

While reporting for ABC Nightly News, Bob Woodruff was nearly killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Iraq. During his painstaking recovery, he and his family had an opportunity to get to know many of our nation’s injured heroes and their families. They realized their unique position to be a voice that could be heard in civilian and military cultures, across political lines and throughout the nation— a voice that would call for tangible support to assist injured Service members and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded based on these principles.

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Woodruff Endorsement