Military Families Learning Network Meets with DoD/USDA


Synergy, collaboration, excitement, and progress were all outcomes of the recent meeting of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) in Washington, DC. The MFLN Leadership team brought together representatives from each of its Concentration Areas as well as Department of Defense counterparts. The group was addressed by Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Child & Youth/Special Needs, and Betsy Graham, senior program analyst and DoD program manager for the Military Families Learning Network, both with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, and Brent Elrod, National Program Leader for Community & Rural Development, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences

The group included Network members from Valdosta State University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, University of Florida, West Virginia University, University of Minnesota, University of Florida, University of New Hampshire, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, Cornell University, Fort Valley State University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and Auburn University.

The MFLN Concentration areas are: Personal Finance, Community Capacity Building, Nutrition & Wellness, Transition Support, Family Development, Military Caregiving, and Network Literacy. Additionally, Family Development will support a new concentration area in Early Intervention Special Needs, and Military Caregiving will support a new concentration area in Lifespan Special Needs.