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Chamber’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee talks Support of Military Families

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee (SEAC) hosted leaders from across the Alamo Region, from military senior enlisted advisors to representatives of civilian community organizations and businesses, to discuss the vital importance of supporting military families and providing resources to communities that surround military installations.

The Chamber’s SEAC serves as a connector between the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from all branches of service and the business community. A key priority is to support the men and women who provide for the mission and their families who serve alongside them through frequent moves, deployments, separations, and as the service member transitions out of uniform and into a civilian career.

There has been a groundswell effort to advocate for military families in more recent years, adding this as a criterion for future basing actions and strategic growth and moves of military missions to new locations. The Chamber is honored to continue to shed light on the resources needed to fulfill our commitment as Military City U.S.A. “We are devoted to putting into action our promise to move the needle forward in ensuring our military families feel welcome and can thrive in our great city, “ said Lori Stinson, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development. “One organization that has been integral to these efforts is the Military Family Advisory Network , whose goal is to be the authentic voice of today’s military families.”

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is a trusted source for data and research through its surveys and has advocated for ways to combat Military Food Insecurity, enhance the financial readiness of our troops and families, and provide a guide for families who transition to new communities through their MilMap program. “We have used their data and research to drive our military affairs priorities for many years at the Chamber,” relayed Stinson.

“The Military Family Advisory Network is proud to serve military families and connect them to the resources, people, and information they depend on to successfully navigate all phases of military life. We provide trusted research for the purpose of improving services and outcomes for modern military families. Our approach leads to data-driven solutions and an expedited problem-to-solution delivery timeline. We are grateful for the recent opportunity to share our mission, research, and work in the military family food insecurity space with the Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee,” stated Kristen Beattie, MFAN’s director of external relations.

“MFAN’s research demographics are aligned with the currently serving force, meaning the primary group of respondents is consistently the junior-to-mid enlisted ranks. Therefore, MFAN is grateful to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for providing an ongoing forum to facilitate communication, information, and resource sharing among the senior NCOs from all branches of the military in the San Antonio area,” added Shanna Smith, MFAN’s senior manager of external relations.

  • Military and veteran families are invited to participate in the  4th Military Family Support Programming Survey found here.
  • Military and veteran families in Texas who are experiencing challenges getting enough food are invited to share their story by signing up here.
  • SEAC members can find the results of the previous Military Family Support Programming Survey here.
  • SEAC members can find MFAN’s State of the State: Texas report here.
  • MFAN’s MilMap can be found here.
  • Additionally, the 1 Million Meals Challenge is about connecting military families with resources . There are opportunities to volunteer and also receive assistance by clicking here.

For additional information on the priorities of the Chamber’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee, email Lori Stinson at lstinson@sachamber.org.

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