Editor’s Note: The monthly Resource Spotlight is an Q&A that provides information about nonprofit organizations who serve military spouses and their families. The purpose is to connect military spouses with available resources designed to help them thrive in military life.
What’s the history of your organization?
The American Military Partner Association traces its roots to the “Campaign for Military Partners”—an unprecedented effort launched in 2009 to connect and advocate for the same-sex partners of service members living under the threat of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Then sponsored by Servicemembers United, an organization working for the repeal of DADT, it was the first-of-its-kind movement to bring support to these hidden partners and their families who were also forced to live in the shadows under DADT.
After the successful repeal of DADT, AMPA organized as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at the end of 2012. Founded in the city of Washington, D.C., by Stephen Peters, the spouse of an active duty Marine, AMPA continued to revolutionize and shape the movement working to bring full equality to these modern military families. Along with a dedicated team of volunteers, Stephen was joined by founding board members Ashley Broadway, spouse of an active duty soldier, and Jim Cassidy, a retired Navy Chief as well as spouse of an active duty sailor.
Please describe the mission of your organization: Connecting, supporting, honoring and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT service members and veterans- our nation’s modern military families.
- Connecting: The American Military Partner Association has the nation’s largest Private Online Support Network for LGBT military partners/spouses designed to create a supportive and educational environment. We have local AMPA family networks across the country and around the world. We participate in national and local events around the country designed to build a support network to bring together LGBT military families in a positive environment, fostering communication and mutual support.
- Supporting: We provide educational events and webinars as well as, connecting our families to vital resources to help with military life.
- Honoring: Highlighting our families and the challenges they face in our Faces of Our Families project—helping to change hearts and minds with personal stories, photos and videos. Community service projects like our AMPA Care Package Drives. Giving voice to the unique perspective of our families through our AMPA Modern MilSpouse Blog.
- Serving: The American Military Partner Association advocates and educates on behalf of our LGBT military families in public policy, highlighting our unique needs and challenges. Educating the public through stories in national, regional and local media on the plight of LGBT military partners/spouses and their families.
What population(s) do you serve (spouses, veterans, children)? We serve military spouses, military children, veteran spouses as well as active duty service members and veterans.
How can NextGen MilSpouse readers support your organization? The American Military Partner Association is always looking for enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers. Being a 100 percent volunteer organization, all donations go directly back into the organization so that we may continue to carry out our mission. Donations are greatly appreciated!
Anything else our readers need to know? Not only do we have an amazing membership, we have thousands of allies and supporters, as well many other mainstream organizations that are supporters of the American Military Partner Association.
Does your nonprofit organization serve military spouses? Are you looking to spread the word?
Send an email to NextGen MilSpouse Content Editor Michelle Volkmann at michelle<at>msbnewmedia<dot>com to find out how your organization can be a future Resource Spotlight.