Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

FY2022 House Appropriations Requests

Congressional Military Family Caucus - 2021 Summit

The Congressional Military Family Caucus recognizes that when a service member joins the military, it is not a job - it is a family commitment to our country. Each year, the caucus hosts an annual summit to address the challenges faced by America's military families. This year's event was hosted on Thursday, October 14 from 9:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET. The theme of the 2021 Summit was:

Taking the Pulse of Military Families During COVID-19

The 2021 Summit was hosted virtually, via Zoom. The event was recorded as well as livestreamed via Facebook on the Congressional Military Family Caucus Facebook Page ( We will also be sharing the video via YouTube shortly and provide a link as soon as it is ready.
Screen shots from the Congressional Military Family Caucus 2021 Virtual Summit

The event featured subject area experts, military family members as well as organizations, and legislative leaders. The following are the panels and panelists who participated in the 2021 Summit:

  • Featured Guests | 9:20 AM ET | Speakers
    • Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States (bio)
    • Michael A. Grinston, Seargent Major of the Army (bio)
    • MG Patrick A. Donahoe, Commanding General at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (bio)
  • Modern Military Communities | 10:00 AM ET | Panelists
    • Jennifer Akin, Military Families Advocate/Reporter (bio)
    • Jennifer Barnhill, Blue Star Families (bio)
    • Verenice Castillo, MSAN/Mentorship (bio)
  • Education | 10:45 AM ET| Panelists
    • Michelle Norman, Partners in PROMISE (bio)
    • Alicia Pepper, military spouse (bio)
    • State Sen. Harold Pope, Jr. New Mexico (bio)
  • Child Care | 11:30 AM ET | Panelists
    • Ethan Branch, Ft. Benning School Liaison Officer (bio)
    • Rebecca Emerson, dual military spouse (bio)
    • Krystal Pillow, Child Care Aware of America (bio)
  • Spouse Employment | 12:15 PM ET | Panelists
    • Stephanie Brown, Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce/Rosie Network (bio)
    • Katherine O'Connell, military spouse (bio)
    • Christy Gliniak, Whitworth University (bio)
  • Healthcare / EFMP | 1:00 PM ET | Panelists
    • Austin Carrigg, Exceptional Families of the Military (bio)
    • Jennifer Dane, EFMP Coalition (bio)
    • K. Conwell Smith, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (bio)
    • Mary Thomas, Family Readiness Program Manager forthe 141st Air Refueling Wing
    • Brett Tinder, Defense Fellow for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, SC02
  • Mental Health | 1:45 PM ET | Panelists
    • Lee Kelley, Military OneSource (bio)
    • Tracy Neal-Walden, Cohen Veterans Network (bio)
    • Jessica Strong, military spouse (bio)
  • Financial Readiness | 2:30 PM ET | Panelists
    • Dawn Cutler, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (bio)
    • Kelly Hruska, National Military Families Association (bio)
    • Kathy Prout, Military Officers Association of America (bio)
  • Food Insecurity | 3:15 PM ET | Panelists
    • U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia's 2nd Congressional District (bio)
    • Josh Protas, MAZON a Jewish Response to Hunger (bio)
    • Shannon Razsadin, Military Family Advisory Network (bio)
    • Bianca Strzalkowski, AmeriForce Media (bio)
  • Housing | 4:00 PM ET | Panelists
    • Todd Ernst, PCSgrades (bio)
    • Elizabeth A. Field, Government Accountability Office (bio)
    • Tricia Ross, military spouse (bio)
    • COL Joel Safranek, U.S. Transportation Command / TRANSCOM (bio)

The Congressional Military Family Caucus seeks to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the resources the military has for families. Specifically, the Congressional Military Family Caucus focuses on issues such as education, childcare, healthcare, spousal employment, and the effects of multiple deployments. Through educating Members of Congress, it is our hope that the Congressional Military Family Caucus will be able to develop legislation to better support our nation's military families.
The bipartisan Congressional Military Family Caucus was founded in 2009 by Representatives Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05). The Caucus seeks to educate Members of the United States Congress and their staff about the challenges facing our nation's military families.
If you would like more information about the caucus, please call either (202) 225-3631 (Rep. Bishop) or (202) 225-2006 (Rep. McMorris Rodgers).