About Us

The Global Military Family Coalition (GMFC) was founded in May 2018 by surviving and supporting military family members who having shared similar military family hardships came together to create GMFC. We coordinate international family support services for military families from the U.S., and of other nations and agencies, which promote global peace, national defense and the protection of our natural resources.

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Jean Bennett Stratis is co-founder of GMFC and the Chief Operating Officer. Jean has a lifetime of service as a military family member with over 30 years as a supporter of military families. She is the daughter of a career Army soldier. She then was an Army wife for 28 years until her husband's passing in 2017. In civil service, she was an editorial assistant at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Jean has also served as an editor with the US Army Journal, Military Review at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As a military wife she has led family support programs applicable to US and allied nation military families. Across various overseas and stateside assignments she has served as a unit and military post family support coordinator, a housing and community mayor, family support group leader and editor of a service club magazine. In both the military and the Tampa Bay area she has been recognized for her contributions as a coordinator of quality of life and social events. She makes her home in Lithia, Florida where she is active in her community and with the Newsome High School Marching Band and Color Guard. She maintains membership in military/veteran support initiatives, as well as, various community organizations.

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Lawrence V. Rivera is co-founder of GMFC and serves as Chief Executive Officer. His avocation as a military activist began amidst his veteran support activist parents, and grandparents. Lawrence grew up as a bilingual advocate for veterans and military families and remains active with the American Red Cross program of “Service to the Armed Forces.” His is a 24-year military record with service in the Army’s Active, Reserve and Guard components. The common thread throughout his military and civilian life has been his activism in military/veteran family support initiatives. Lawrence is a member of various veteran fraternal organizations and serves as a volunteer mentor with the Veterans Treatment Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Tampa, Florida where he makes his home. He is employed as a recovery care coordinator for wounded, ill and injured military personnel, and a special case advocate for Gold Star, Blue Star families and for military family members with special needs.