Blue Star Families Survey Highlights Critical Issues

Blue Star Families Survey Highlights Critical Issues
Photo by Master Sgt. Michael Crane/Air National Guard

Calling all active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, veterans, and military families! MOAA wants you to use your voice to make an impact.


As a proud supporter of Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (MFLS), MOAA knows your opinions matter, and you make a credible difference. Completing the survey and sharing your experiences as a part of the military family community helps inform decision-makers to make changes and create resources that will support you. Take the survey today and share your story.




Since 2009, the MFLS has brought issues affecting military families to the attention of lawmakers, national leaders, philanthropic actors, and local communities. The MFLS compiles anecdotal and statistical data from thousands of servicemembers and military families covering topics such as finances, family stability, discrimination, deployments, voting, spouse education and employment, and much more. The MFLS is the largest and most comprehensive survey of active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve servicemembers, veterans, and their families.


More than 11,000 people responded to the 2020 survey, allowing Blue Star Families to identify five key issues for active-duty families. While these issues are not new revelations, the survey results add valuable statistics to support the need for enhanced programs and legislation that serve military families.


The 2021 MFLS opened April 27 and runs through June 6. All servicemembers, past and present, and their family members can participate.  This survey takes 25-30 minutes to complete, and all responses are confidential. Any quotes or text responses will be non-attributional.


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Survey respondents are entered in a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards, and they’re asked to spread the word on social media about the survey using #BSFSurvey.


The results of Blue Star Families’ previous surveys have sparked important conversations and initiatives to enhance the lives of military families. From spouse employment to military housing, these conversations result in positive movement toward increased opportunities and lasting change.


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About the Author

Jen Goodale
Jen Goodale

Goodale is MOAA's Director of Government Relations for Military Family and Survivor Policy.