‘They just gave up’: More than two-thirds of the military community report challenges to building a family

The largest annual military lifestyle survey found that the majority of respondents experienced challenges to having children — with women and LGBTQ+ service members disproportionately impacted.

By Mariel Padilla

For more than two decades, Kim Hunt was constantly on the move. Alongside her husband, now a retired Navy officer, Hunt moved 16 times across the United States and Europe. The couple had two daughters — pregnancies that were planned around whether her husband was on shore duty or sea duty — but they knew many other active-duty service members who struggled to conceive at all.

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 largest annual military lifestyle survey.

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