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January 27, 2010

First Lady Announces New Funding Initiatives for Military Families

Posted 20:43PM on January 27 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (18) Categories: Spouse Issues, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Bolling afb, Michelle obama, Military families

Yesterday, during remarks at Bolling Air Force Base, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that President Obama's 2011 budget will increase funding for military families by more than 3%, bringing funding for military family support programs to $8.8 billion.  The additional funding follows increased attention to the unique challenges now facing military families.

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January 21, 2010

Michigan Agriculture Grows Valentines for the Troops

Posted 20:46PM on January 21 2010 by Karen Alma | User Comments (16) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Valentines

At a recent Orchard and Vineyard show at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City Michigan, the agricultural community rallied support for the troops by stopping by the Northwest County Farm Bureau/Farm Bureau Insurance booth to write notes of appreciation on the back of Valentine hearts.

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January 20, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Tireless BSF Member

Posted 20:49PM on January 20 2010 by Kate Reynolds | User Comments (2206) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Gen. david petraeus, Georgia tech, Military officers association, Optimist club

What an exciting day today it was for me personally, as well as BSF. I started my morning at the ungodly hour of 4:30, so that I could check email, get dressed and slam a cup of Joe down, before I headed out the door at 5:30.  I spoke at the Roswell Optimist Club, where I had a very warm reception, and was asked by a member to speak at another club the Korean War Veterans Association.

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January 13, 2010

Deborah Mullen Brings Attention to Suicide among Military Families

Posted 20:53PM on January 13 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (107) Categories: Spouse Issues, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Deborah mullen, Military families, Suicide, Suicide prevention

As advocates for military families, the members and leadership of Blue Star Families try to spread our message far and wide.  In that effort, in October of 2009, BSF members in DC had the opportunity to meet with military family advocate Deborah Mullen, Wife of Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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January 09, 2010

Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption

Posted 20:56PM on January 09 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (7) Categories: Guest Contributor, veterans | Tags: Homestead exemption, Housing, Veterans

The Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption provides qualifying Veterans in Illinois a one-time $5,000 reduction to their home’s equalized assessed value (EAV).

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January 08, 2010

MyCAA - $6,000 Financial Assistance for Education for Spouses

Posted 21:00PM on January 08 2010 by Lisa G. | User Comments (21) Categories: Guest Contributor, Spouse Issues | Tags: Education, Military families, Mobilization

Spouses of DoD Active Duty members and federally activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components are eligible. The period of eligibility for spouses of Guard and Reserve members is from the date of the Alert or Warning Order for Military Recall or Mobilization, through activation and deployment until 180 days following De-Mobilization.

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January 08, 2010

BSF & Connie's Bakery Made Homecoming Sweeter for Fort Drum Families

Posted 20:59PM on January 08 2010 by Laura Dempsey & Carmen | User Comments (17) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Connie's brownies, Fort drum

BSF Board member Connie Milstein and her bakery, Connie's Bakery, gave a fantastic Christmas surprise to newly reunited families at Fort Drum. Her bakery generously donated 400 tins (yes, 400!) of brownies to our families to help celebrate their Christmas redeployment. Here are the reports from the field, courtesy of myself and Carmen Blackmore, Fort Drum interim chapter director extraordinaire:

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January 07, 2010

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Posted 20:09PM on January 07 2010 by Lisa G. | User Comments (7) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Scra, Service members civil relief act

Under the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), you may qualify for any or all of the following:

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January 07, 2010

VFW Essay Contest-Patriot's Pen

Posted 20:04PM on January 07 2010 by Lisa G. | User Comments (19) Categories: Guest Contributor, Military Children | Tags: Education, Essay contest

The theme for the 2010-2011 Patriot Pen's Essay Contest has been announced: "Does Patriotism Still Matter?"

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January 07, 2010

Divorce and the Military Child

Posted 20:01PM on January 07 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (11) Categories: Guest Contributor, Military Children | Tags: Deployment, Divorce, Military children

Earlier this year after much soul searching and discussion, my husband and I decided to divorce. After eight years of marriage, the birth of our son Drew, three career changes for me, four combat deployments and five military moves – with another one looming on the horizon – we just weren’t able to make it work anymore.

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