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May 28, 2010

Postcards from the Blue Star Museums Launch

Posted 23:27PM on May 28 2010 by Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts | User Comments (7) Categories: Blue Star Museums, Guest Contributor | Tags: Blue star museums, National endowment for the arts

Yesterday I was in San Diego for the launch of the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership we’re doing with Blue Star Families and more than 600 museums across the U.S. to give museum admission free to active duty military families over the summer. It’s a perfect way for the museums and for us to say thanks to the servicemen and women.

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May 28, 2010

Reflections on Memorial Day

Posted 23:19PM on May 28 2010 by Sophia Raday | User Comments (7) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Memorial day, Sophia raday

by Sophia Raday

 

In a very un-scientific survey, I asked kids around the country what Memorial Day meant to them:

 

"Memorial day is about playing games, resting, and celebrating the Lincoln memorial too." — Boy, 8, Montana

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May 26, 2010

Thank You is Sometimes Overwhelming: the Blue Star Museums Launch

Posted 23:32PM on May 26 2010 by Jennifer January | User Comments (24) Categories: Blue Star Museums, Guest Contributor | Tags: Blue star museums, San diego

On Monday I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Blue Star Museums, a program giving free admission to participating museums for military families.  The program is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowmen for the Arts and more than 600 museums.

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May 24, 2010

Blue Star Museums

Posted 23:38PM on May 24 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (9) Categories: Blue Star Museums | Tags: Blue star museums, Nea

Today, Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts are launching a new program giving military families free admission to more than 600 museums across the country this summer.

The program, Blue Star Museums, will offer free admission at participating museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day this summer.

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May 23, 2010

How Would YOU Run the Military?

Posted 23:41PM on May 23 2010 by Laura Dempsey | User Comments (7) Categories: Guest Contributor, Spouse Issues | Tags: Military family lifestyle survey

I get tired of filling out surveys. I appreciate the military wanting feedback, but most of the time it seems like all of my answers are just going into a giant black hole. When my son had problems during my husband's last deployment, I sent back my Medac survey with extra pages, just to talk about my difficulties getting help. Nothing. If you fill out this survey, not only will every answer be read, but the information will be passed directly to people in power.

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May 23, 2010

Taking a Ride in the Park

Posted 23:37PM on May 23 2010 by Vivian Greentree | User Comments (12) Categories: Deployment, Vivian Greentree | Tags: Deployment, Reintegration

We have had my husband home for a couple of weeks now from his year-long deployment to Iraq and are towards the end of the “honeymoon phase.” The honeymoon phase is so named because, well, it’s almost like the euphoria one has immediately following a marriage. Colors are brighter, small things don’t bother you and everything is perfect because you are hopelessly, dumbfoundedly, blissfully in love.

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May 22, 2010

Missed Moments

Posted 23:45PM on May 22 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (7) Categories: Deployment, Spouse Issues, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

One lesson I’ve learned in my eight year marriage to the military is to use a pencil when marking dates on the calendar. Plans change too frequently to use permanent ink. Nothing is permanent in the military. But unfortunately, there are some occasions that can’t be erased from the calendar, events that can’t be postponed and penciled in at a later date. And when your husband is deployed, it’s those indelible events, those unchanging holidays, those missed moments that blatantly stand out because he won’t be home to share them.

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May 18, 2010

Book on Bases, Congressional Edition

Posted 23:49PM on May 18 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (19) Categories: Books on Bases | Tags: Books on bases, Congressman bill owens, Military children, New york

Earlier this week, Congressman Bill Owens joined Blue Star Families in celebrating Armed Forces Day by hosting a book donation event benefiting local military families. Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces brings the joy of reading to military children by donating new books to military-impacted libraries and schools, and providing individual kids with books of their own. Books donated free of charge by Owens came from the Library of Congress and were considered surplus.

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May 17, 2010

After the Interview

Posted 23:58PM on May 17 2010 by MSCCN | User Comments (8) Categories: MSCCN, Spouse Issues | Tags: Interview, Msccn, Spouse employment

by Cachet B. Prescott, MA, MSCCN Training & Development Volunteer

Ahhhh…the interview is finally over. Now, it’s time to kick back, relax, and wait for the “You’ve Got the Job” phone call, right? WRONG! And so the process continues, and you still have some work to do to prove that you are the perfect candidate for the job.

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May 17, 2010

Help Veterans and Military Families with Six Flags

Posted 23:55PM on May 17 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (8) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Military families, Six flasg

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Six Flags is offering everyone the kids rate for admission to its parks.  To redeem the rate, you can simply print out this coupon or go to SixFlags.com and enter the promo code TRIBUTE.

For every coupon redeemed, Six Flags will donate $1 to Beyond Tribute.  Visit BeyondTribute.org to help wounded veterans and their families.

This great deal is available for everyone, military or civilian, but it's only good from Friday May 28 to Monday May 30, 2010.

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