Serving Families Who Stand Behind the Uniform
When a military members serves, their family serves, too. The National Military Family Association (NMFA), urges leaders to keep military families at the forefront of their minds. NMFA conveys the needs of military families to those with the power to do something about it. Lockheed Martin is a proud partner to the NMFA and the work it does to support service members and their loved ones.
Service members volunteer their lives and their families sacrifice through deployments, budget cuts, and long periods of conflict. At a time when military families should feel pride, honor, and accomplishment for completing a military career, they face uncertainty. And NMFA is there to help.
Many military spouses often put their own education and career aspirations on hold to support their service member. NMFA recognizes this sacrifice and shows its gratitude through its Spouse Education + Professional Support scholarships, and has awarded over $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 deserving spouses. Because of partners like Lockheed Martin, many more military spouses are able to pursue degrees and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields with scholarships from NMFA.
“STEM offers military spouses the potential for independence and personal satisfaction,” said Hollie Ryan, a NMFA military spouse scholarship recipient pursuing a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. “The skills one acquires in STEM are always in demand, putting the military spouse in the driver’s seat when it comes to their careers. These key services and skills allow military spouses to develop flexible careers with schedules that suit his or her needs.”
While NMFA empowers military spouses to become financial pillars of their families, the nonprofit also empowers even the littlest member of the family.
Created in 2004 to give military kids a way to connect with each other, Operation Purple® Program has grown to combine outdoor adventures and unique approaches to healing for both military children and their families.
Today, NMFA hosts Operation Purple Camps to serve kids with a deployed, or soon-to-be-deployed parent. After deployment, families can spend a week reconnecting at Operation Purple Family Retreats. But most notably, NMFA has expanded its efforts to meet the needs of the 43 percent of children who have a parent who is wounded, ill, or injured. Operation Purple Healing Adventures helps military families find a ‘new normal’ after a service-related injury.
More than 55,000 military kids and family members have attended Operation Purple Programs since its inception.
NMFA believes all military families should have the support and programs they need to strengthen their families during their time of service. Because of the support of its corporate partners like Lockheed Martin the association says it is able to continue fighting for the benefits military families deserve.
To commemorate the commissioning of the USS Milwaukee, our nation’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Lockheed Martin has collaborated with Harley-Davidson on a one-of-a-kind motorcycle to honor the U.S. Navy and the city of Milwaukee.
Lockheed Martin will donate the bike to the NMFA, which will conduct a charity auction to support its programs for military families. For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/lcs5bike.