Our nation, our military families and the communities they live in are facing a crisis like we have not faced in one hundred years. It is a public health crisis first, but its ripples are impacting every aspect of life. Our national security depends on ensuring we provide our defense communities and military families with understanding, information and support.
The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative are joining forces to create a united, national platform for sharing information, maintaining engagement, developing best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military receives the support it deserves. The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) will provide resources and expertise to support communities, states and military families through this crisis, including:
- Providing comprehensive coverage of the crisis through a new daily publication that will build on ADC’s widely-read On Base daily newsletter.
- Hosting Virtual Town Halls on the key issues impacting our military, defense communities and military families during the crisis.
- Convening Military Community and Family Organizations and experts to identify and advance best practices and policy solutions.
- Create a repository to capture and document best practices and lessons-learned.