Survey: ‘Time Away’ Remains Top Troop, Military Family Worry

Absence from home remains the top concern among active-duty troops and their families for the second year running, according to the results of an annual military family survey scheduled for release Wednesday.

The survey, fielded by Blue Star Families and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), queried more than 10,000 people between April and June of last year.

The survey is set to be released Wednesday during a summit in Washington, D.C. The event will be livestreamed on

Until 2017, pay and benefits issues were regularly identified by respondents as their top concern, said Kathy Roth-Douquet, Blue Star Families chief executive officer. That “time away” has now placed in the top spot for the second year running speaks to an ongoing worry over isolation and military family support within communities both on and off base, she said.

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