USDA to Provide Further Support to Military Families

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Agriculture Outlook Forum. It allows the USDA supported Cooperative Extension System and Land Grant Universities to work with the U.S. Special Operations Command to conduct research and develop programs for military families of Special Operations Units. The programs will cover issues including personal financial management, health and nutrition, child care and youth empowerment. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says USDA and the Department of Defense have a longstanding relationship in support of service members and their families. Harden says this agreement allows USDA to extend similar support to Special Operations Forces by developing programs and services that help improve the quality of life for military family members. Admiral William McRaven says USDA will play a vital role in strengthening the force's resiliency and mission readiness by facilitating access to a magnitude of valuable and credible family support programs and research through land grant universities.

The MOU signed Friday builds on a current MOU between USDA and the Department of Defense signed in 2010 to strengthen child, youth and family programs for military personnel and their families. Under that agreement - the USDA supported Cooperative Extension System and Land Grant Universities and Department of Defense are engaged in a 10-year effort to leverage each other's resources and expertise in support of military families.

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