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Survey finds two-thirds of military personnel face challenges

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For more than two decades, Kim Hunt was constantly on the move. Alongside her husband, now a retired naval officer, Hunt moved 16 times across the United States and Europe. The couple had two daughters – planned pregnancies depending on whether her husband was on shore duty or sea duty – but they knew many other active duty personnel who were struggling to conceive.

Now, as associate director of research and training at Blue Star Families, a nonprofit founded in 2009 by military spouses, Hunt helps create, collect and analyze the world’s largest annual survey on the mode of military life.

For the first time, the survey included specific questions to better understand the challenges of family building among National Guardsmen, Reserve Service members, veterans and their families. Hunt said that for several years, respondents filled in open-ended questions with concerns about their family.

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