April 2019 Newsletter

April 11, 2019

Goodnight Mil Kid

Sleep Number Mil KidsEnter to win your child a good night’s sleep! Our mil kids sacrifice a lot, but they don’t have to sacrifice sleep too! Our good friends at Sleep Number recognize how a good night’s rest can help ease the stress of the military lifestyle — parents’ deployments, moving, etc., so they are giving away 100 prize packages to Blue Star Families’ members during the Month of the Military Child. These prize packages contain: a pillow, a ZZZ Bear, protection pad, sheets, a blanket, and a subscription to the Caribu Reading App for bedtime stories. Enter here


Camo Bunny Munson's ChocolateChocoholics Rejoice!

Did you hear? We’re giving away three $50 gift cards from Munson’s Chocolate! Find out how you can win! 




Blue Star Families’ Military Family Lifestyle SurveyBlue Star Families Survey

Make your voice heard May 6th – June 14th. Here’s what was important in 2018.

Medical Care Woes

We can all probably agree that military dependents deserve better when it comes to alternative care options and coverage—from chiropractic to acupuncture, naturopathic, and more. It’s clear that outdated policies and coverage benefits are seriously overdue for a check-up. Here’s what we’re doing to ignite powerful, positive change.


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Sesame Street

Home is Where the Heart Is

Tuesday, April 16th

Time: 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 10 AM PT

As Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary, take an inside look at how Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the beloved television show, harnesses the power of media and Muppets to help military children through the milestones of relocations, deployments, and transitions. From the celebrations in life to the challenges, Sesame Workshop offers these children and their families resources to help them talk, listen, and connect while facing the challenges of deployment, coping with visible and invisible injuries, and building resilience in times of separation and change. Sesame Street for Military Families connects caregivers with community leaders to build a “circle of care” to help children – especially the most vulnerable – get off to a strong and healthy start. Military families and children are strong, but we know they face unique challenges; with the help of furry friends, we are committed to arming them with a wealth of resources to bring help, hope, and healing through the lens of Sesame Street.  

Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore resources that parents & caregivers can use when addressing relocation with children
  2. Address potential child concerns and developmentally appropriate responses to living transitions
  3. Navigate the contents within the Relocation tab of Sesame Street for Military Families and explore The Big Moving Adventure

Register here.


It’s Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we’re celebrating one gal who goes above and beyond to make Albuquerque, New Mexico a great place to live. Whether it’s lending a welcoming hand or hosting a Blue Star Event, here are all the ways Savannah Hewett empowers military families to thrive in her community.

volunteer of the year

Savannah Hewett


Wounded Warrior Project

We’re thrilled about our new joint partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, and Military Family Advisory Network to connect military spouses and caregivers with employment services. This is one way we’re fostering stronger communities to mitigate isolation and lend support. Learn more here

U.S. Air Force photo by Alexx Pons


Blue Star Families has partnered with FlexJobs to help better understand how work flexibility could or does impact the lives and careers of military spouses. If you are a military spouse and think work flexibility is important, please take this short survey to share your voice!  

The estimated time is about 5 minutes, and as a thank you for completing the survey, you will be automatically entered into our giveaway for:

  • One of 3 $100 American Express gift cards,
  • One of 10 free 1-month (30-day) subscriptions to FlexJobs,
  • Or a free one-on-one Career Coaching session with a FlexJobs coach!

Take the survey!

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Military spouses! We want you to be part of something great. Help us create something that will benefit career-oriented military spouses. Complete your Spouseforce profile today here.

Networks Live! On Demand

  • How to plow through the junk to find legitimate, awesome remote jobs worthy of YOU

Tuesday, April 30th

Time: 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 10 AM PT

Looking for legitimate work from home positions can feel like searching for a diamond in a landfill, but it doesn’t have to!

Audrey Fairbrother, Marketing Manager of the premium remote staffing company, Worldwide101, will share her top tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of a remote scam, the best places to actually find great remote positions, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to start looking today!

To learn more about Worldwide101 visit their webpage

Register now.