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Guest Blog: Military Partners & Families Coalition Seeks Answers

Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) has released an online Community Study Survey, as a result of an award given by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The study, the first of its kind, will provide a better understanding of the health care disparities and possible inaccessibility for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) servicemember families that may have resulted from the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)’ policy. It will also highlight some of the challenges that the LGB servicemember family community continues to face today.

“We are members of a community that for many years has been hidden and not heard from,” proclaimed MPFC President, Ariana Bostianā€Kentes, “Mental health is just one of the realms in which the needs of the LGBT military family community have yet to be addressed and we are working to change that now. We intend to work closely with MPFC’s coalition members and other independent organizations to support all families of those serving our country.”

According to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, reliable consumer health information helps people understand and advocate for their health and the health of their families, whether the information addresses specific health conditions and treatments or prevention and wellness. Through this survey, it may now be possible to bring consumer health information resources to a previously underserved population; improved physical and mental health may finally become a reality through targeted services.

Please take a few moments and share your experiences and thoughts by participating in the survey here. MPFC ensures anonymity of all those who choose to participate. 

About Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC): MPFC is a private non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 2011 by a group of partners of active duty U.S. Armed forces servicemembers station in the U.S. and overseas. MPFC provides support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families. For more information, go to www.milpfc.org.

By Stuart I. Quinn, Program Coordinator, MPFC |