October 23, 2012

A Letter From The First Lady

Posted 10:00AM on October 23 2012 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (8) Tags: Blue star families, Blue star theatres, Michelle obama

My mother taught me to write thank you notes. My kids always write thank you notes. Today, The First Lady wrote a thank you note ... you simply must read it! 

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April 02, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama & Dr. Jill Biden to Launch Military Families Initiative April 12th

Posted 21:33PM on April 02 2011 by Blue Star Families | User Comments (6) Categories: news, press releases, VIP | Tags: Dr. jill biden, First lady, Michelle obama, Military families, Public service, Volunteerism

A Nationwide Call to Action: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will launch a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families on Tuesday, April 12th at the White House. 

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January 25, 2011

A Military Child's View of the President's New Initiative for Military Families

My dad just got back from one year at war in Afghanistan.  I know that for someone who's not part of a military family this might sound unimaginable, but for me it's part of my life.  Since I'm only 12, this war and the things that come with it are the only thing I've ever known.

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October 29, 2010

Blue Star Families, the Ellen Show, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden!

This week, I was privileged to travel to Los Angeles to be a guest of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I wouldn’t realize the gravity of this opportunity until later when I would be onstage with three of the women I love the most. A diva could get spoiled: Charles and I were picked up at the airport in a limo and taken to the Sheraton Hotel in Universal City.

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October 28, 2010

Live Blog of BSF on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

On Thursday, October 28,2010, at 3pm EST, Blue Star Families Development Director, Pamela Stokes Eggleston, will be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  Join us for a live blog of the event!

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May 12, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Presidential Directive on Military Families

Posted 00:09AM on May 12 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (1) Categories: Spouse Issues, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Michelle obama, Military families

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of a new Presidential directive to develop a government-wide approach to supporting and engaging military families.

"We are honored that our members concerns and viewpoints have been taken into consideration by the White House in working with them to develop this plan," said Blue Star Families Chairman, Kathy Roth-Doquet.  "The voices of Blue Star Families members are being heard – via our Military Family Survey and briefings we’ve done, and we can see the contributions of our members in the announcement Mrs. Obama just made."

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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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December 17, 2009

Lighting the White House Hannukah Menorah

Posted 20:29PM on December 17 2009 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (23) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Military Children | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Barack obama, Chanukkah, Michelle obama, Military families, White house

The scene was familiar, but not our place in it.  Last night, our military family had the honor of lighting the Hanukkah menorah at the White House, reciting the blessings over the candles, and meeting President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and Vice President Biden.

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November 12, 2009

BSF Celebrates Veterans Day with Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden

Posted 18:24PM on November 12 2009 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (32) Categories: news, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Be the change, Jill biden, Michelle obama, Mission serve, Operation appreciation, Service nation, The telling

On Wednesday, Blue Star Families joined with Service Nation to celebrate Veterans Day, write letters for BSF's Operation Appreciation, and pack hundreds of thank you care packages for the families of deployed service members.

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November 09, 2009

Blue Star Families and Service Nation Celebrate Veterans Day

Blue Star Families is thrilled to be part of Service Nation's Veteran's Day event.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will join ServiceNation on Veterans Day to launch Mission Servce: Forging a Continuum of Service.  Blue Star Families, Student Veterans of America and military and civilian leaders will celebrate service organizations and the strength they add to our nation.

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