by Joanna Guldin-Noll, Guest Contributor
The Blue Star Families annual Military Lifestyle Survey is considered a preeminent resource and snapshot of the current state of the military family. Thinkers, decision-makers, academics, politicians, and other leaders across various sectors look to the #BSFSurvey to help them better understand the trends within the military community.
The survey is valid and research-based; Blue Star Families collaborates closely with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families from the first planning stages of the survey to the final touches. Because of this, the survey has been used in CEO’s boardrooms, on Capitol Hill, and even in the White House to drive policy and make decisions to better serve military families.
The 2018 #BSFSurvey is open and taking responses until May 25.
Here’s how you can help Blue Star Families help the military community using just your phone or your laptop:
Take the Blue Star Families annual Military Lifestyle Survey. Your experiences are worthy of being recorded and being part of the body of work that has become 10 years of the #BSFSurvey.
Send the link to your spouse. We know how these things go…and we know how military families are. If you’re able to have dinner with your spouse, it’s likely you’ll both forget about the survey just because you don’t have the link right there in front of you. If you’re not in the same ZIP code (or time zone) an email or message with the link goes a long way.
Remind your friends to take the survey. Post it on Facebook, send a text… just let them know that you took the #BSFSurvey and they should too.
Once you take the survey, change your Facebook profile picture. (We have a nifty overlay that you can access once you hit “submit” on the survey.) It’ll let everyone know that you’ve helped out the military community by lending your voice to a preeminent resource.
Share this article. The more military-affiliated folks who tell their stories in the #BSFSurvey, the better. And it’s open to all military-affiliate folks – active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of all branches and their spouses, veterans and retirees and their spouses, and military kids.
And don’t forget! We’re giving away five $100 gift cards in a drawing that’s open to those who have completed the survey. (Don’t worry; if you don’t have time to complete it, the application will save your place. You can finish it later.) Take the survey today.
Joanna Guldin-Noll is the Senior Produced Media Manager for Blue Star Families and spouse of a Navy veteran. She loves PBS, reading, cross-stitching, and is trying really hard to like running.