Around 600,000 active-duty and transitioning military families move to new communities each year. Most of these moves are into local communities where it can be hard to make connections. Blue Star Welcome Week is a nationwide initiative to build a better sense of belonging and community for all of us.

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Our Mission

Founded in 2009 by military spouses with you in mind, we empower military and Veteran families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors — both people and organizations — to create strong communities of mutual support.

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Blue Star Welcome Week is a national effort to connect military families to their new communities. How can you get involved? Sign up to participate in the Blue Star Welcome Week Challenge, a virtual race to support military families. It's simple: sign up as a team captain or join an existing team and share your activities and workouts between September 27th and October 3rd! For $20, you'll get a patriotic paracord bracelet and the opportunity to help fund crucial programs for the 600,000 military families who move to a new community each year.

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Blue Star Families: September Newsletter

When I set out to write the letter for this month, I planned to talk about September 11th and how that day changed things for all of us in military families.

It was not only a day but an entirely new path for our lives that included hard times, fear, and pride in challenges met. The events of that day called for Americans to step up, answer the call of duty, and help others and their communities.

Joint Statement on Afghanistan

As events rapidly unfold in Afghanistan, the news may be distressing to many service members, Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.

You are not alone.

We’re all in this together.

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Blue Star Families: COVID-19 Response

Because our military's mission readiness is negatively impacted when our service members are under threat from COVID-19, we're teaming up to protect you against the virus.

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The 2020 Survey Results Are In!

Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) has been providing a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families since 2009. The latest findings are now available!

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Blue Star Museums is Back

From May 15th - September 6th, the nation's active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families, will receive free admission to museums across the country thanks to this collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).


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Calendar of Events

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Utah Welcome Week Scavenger Adventure


Community Connect Fest!

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Military and Veteran family members use our programs and resources each year

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Value of exclusive benefits accessed by military and Veteran families


Chapters serve as the connecting force for members nationwide