June 2019 Newsletter

May 29, 2019

Take The Survey Before It Closes!

There’s just one week left to make your voice heard. Our 2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey takes less than 30 minutes to fill out, but the findings will influence policy for years! Make sure you tell us your real-life, mil-life story right now. Once you do, we’ll enter you to win a $100 gift card. Take it today!

ParkPassport App

ParkPassport App

When you explore our nation’s parks, including those in your neighborhood, take along the new ParkPassport app! Now, you can track all your outdoor activities, receive badges, and share with friends. The first 20,000 families who download the app will receive a free Buddy Bison plush toy to join in on the fun!


Blue Star Museums

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Blue Star Museums are back for Season 10! Whether you want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, encounter animals at the aquarium, or meet your heroes at a historic site, Blue Star Museums can help you create memories that last a lifetime.

Make the PCS Transition a Get Out & Explore Blue Star Parks

Buddy Bison at a National Park

Visit a mobile petting zoo in Missouri. Take a canoe down the Potomac. Build a (mini) arch in St. Louis. Meet National Park Rangers in San Francisco. Enjoy the stars on a Tennessee summer night. Explore a Utah zoo.

Yes, these are just a few of the many exciting things going on this summer thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers all over the country. Do you want to bring Blue Star Parks to your community? Join our team of volunteers and help us celebrate the great outdoors!

A Virtual Career Success Story

Thai Santiago, BSF and Birthing of GiantsRecently, BSF partnered with Birthing of Giantsa New York-based education program for entrepreneursto bring you an opportunity to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, and independent environment that is rewarding and full of variety.

Read what one BSF Member has to say about her training and new virtual career:

“As a military spouse, I understand all too well the importance of having flexibility and remote career opportunities. When we were stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms, CA, I remember feeling overwhelmed because of the limited job opportunities for me there. It was also important for me to do something meaningful for both my personal and professional growth. When Birthing of Giants approached me with the opportunity to work as a Research Associate in their Admissions department, I found the perfect opportunity.” ~Thai Santiago

And we’re excited to announce that the Admissions team for Birthing of Giants has an open position! This is a remote work opportunity and full training will be provided. If this sounds like something you want to do, click here for more details and to apply online.

Vote for the 2019 MVC Choice Awards

Blue Star Families is proud to partner with the Military and Veteran Community Choice Awards! What are the MVC Choice Awards? They’re awards that celebrate brands that provide outstanding service to our community and help make the difficult parts of military life feel a little less difficult. And the MVC Choice Awards are determined by you, the Military and Veteran Community. Nomination season starts soon and is open until July 6! Learn how you can get your vote in here.

USAA Offers PCS Tips

PCSing is a big part of many military families’ lives this summer! Whether it’s your first or your twelfth, here are some solid PCS tips that may help you make some money.


#BlueStarSummer BINGO

The clock is ticking! Have you gotten a #BlueStarSummer BINGO card? Or, are you missing one space to get BINGO? You have until the end of August to submit your completed card for a chance to win!

Don’t miss out on summer fun with your family. Get that last space checked offwhether it’s wiggling your feet in the water, checking out a library book, or helping a neighbor. Good luck!

Blue Star Museum Ambassadors

Join our team of ambassadors in thanking Blue Star Museums this summer!

Ambassadors will be sent a certificate of appreciation to present to their local BSM. Our goal is to thank over 100 museums throughout the summer!


Father’s Day is Around the Corner!

We’re big fans of the dads in our livesfrom those who are milspouses to active duty members, reservists and guardsmen, and neighbors! Basically, it’s love all around. In need of a way to show your appreciation to the dads in your life? Download your free Father’s Day card here.

PTSD Awareness Day

June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day. Because of our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, we know this illness affects far too many of our families. Treatment and self-help tools have gotten better over the years as our understanding and knowledge has increased. There are many tools and apps on the market, but we’d like to highlight one that may be helpful to raise knowledge, awareness, and self-help. Check out PsychArmor.orga tremendous online resource providing short video courses for veterans, families, and community members to enable better understanding and communication.