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March 31, 2010

Blue Star Families Welcomes New Executive Director

Posted 21:35PM on March 31 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (11) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Army, Executive director, Operation homefront, Veterans innovation center, West point

Blue Star Families is pleased to announce that Mark D. Smith has joined our team as Acting Executive Director.  Smith is an Army veteran, former West Point professor, a past President and CEO of Operation Homefront and the former Director of Strategy and Development for the Veterans Innovation Center.  Welcome, Mar

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March 29, 2010

The New Face of War

Posted 21:37PM on March 29 2010 by Molly Blake | User Comments (10) Categories: Deployment, Molly Blake, Spouse Issues | Tags: Afghanistan, Iraq, The pacific, Tom hanks, Wwii

My husband and I are watching HBO’s 10-episode miniseries, “The Pacific.” It’s Tom Hanks’ latest on-screen history lesson detailing the WWII battles on the Pacific front. The Marines are wide-eyed and eager but no sooner after storming Guadalcanal, as the dirt and jungle grit cakes their faces and their uniforms tear, the war obviously begins to take its toll on the hubris of the young men.

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March 28, 2010

Military Spouses Deserve Chance for a Career

Posted 21:38PM on March 28 2010 by Brenna Berger | User Comments (29) Categories: Guest Contributor, Spouse Issues | Tags: Brenna berger, Career, Mycaa

Department of Defense officials recently announced the return - sort of - of the My Career Advancement Account program for military spouses. The program, which was abruptly shut down in February, came back on line March 13 for current participants. However, the program is not accepting new applications at this time. MyCAA offers grants of up to $6,000 for military spouses to obtain the training and education necessary to secure a portable career.

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March 25, 2010

Operation Appreciation: Thank A Military Mom for Mother's Day

Posted 21:44PM on March 25 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (19) Categories: Operation: Appreciation, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Military family, Military spouse, Mother's day, Operation appreciation

Mother's Day is approaching and advertising is out in force to remind us to thank our moms on the big day.  While you're celebrating your mom, don't forget to thank the mothers all around you as well, particularly the military moms.

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March 23, 2010 Military Blogger Contest

Posted 21:45PM on March 23 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (18) Categories: Contests, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags:, Blogging, Contest, Education

Are you or a relative a current or former member of the military? Do you like writing about your experience with the military? Have you benefited from the financial or education benefits the military provides? If so, enter the ArmyStudyGuide Military Blogger Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000.  If you’ve got a story to tell about your military benefits, submit your entry, share your post, and check out your competition. Good luck!

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March 19, 2010

The Best and the Worst of Military Life

Posted 21:48PM on March 19 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (11) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Military families, Military life

Over the last few days we asked our Facebook Fans to tell us the best thing about being a part of a military family, and the worst thing. 

Here's what you said:

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March 18, 2010

Deployment Soundtrack

Posted 21:51PM on March 18 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (9) Categories: Deployment, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Deployment, Military families, Military spouses

Earlier this week we asked our fans on Facebook to share the songs they would include on a "deployment soundtrack."  We got so many great responses, we had to share them all!

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March 12, 2010

Blue Star Families Welcomes New Membership Director

Posted 21:52PM on March 12 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (23) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Bsf leadership, Membership director, Military families, Non-profit

Blue Star Families is thrilled to announce Tiffany Isaacson as the new Membership Director. Tiffany makes a great addition to our leadership team and brings a wealth of non-profit and military family experience to the job.  Tiffany took the time to answer a few questions I had so that BSF members can get to know her better.

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March 11, 2010

Department of Defense Reinstates MyCAA

Posted 21:56PM on March 11 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (16) Categories: Spouse Issues, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Career, Education, Military spouses

The Department of Defense announced this morning that it is reinstating the popular My Career Account program that provided up to $6000 of educational benefits to military spouses.  The program will resume this Saturday but only for those spouses who already part of the program.  New applicants won't be allowed until the Department of Defense develops a long range plan for, presumably, funding and administering the program.

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March 09, 2010

Before the Interview

Posted 21:03PM on March 09 2010 by Cahet B. Prescott, MSCCN | User Comments (17) Categories: MSCCN | Tags: Career, Job interview, Msccn

You’ve submitted what seems like hundreds of cover letters and resumes for various jobs, and FINALLY, you get the long awaited phone call. You’ve got an interview! Now, it’s time to prepare to razzle and dazzle your future boss…

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