May 2019 Newsletter

May 6, 2019

Blue Star Families’ Military Family Lifestyle Survey is now open

It’s survey time! Blue Star Families’ 2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey is open now, and we need YOU to tell us all the things that are impacting your military family. When you take the survey, we’ll be able to identify key military life issues and inform decision makers so programs and solutions can be developed to improve your quality of life. So, your voice really matters, and we’ll amplify it! 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!

BSF Survey


“Thanks a Latte” to Military Spouses

May 10 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and we partnered with Starbucks, a #BSFNeighbor, to say “thanks a latte.” Why? Because milspouses are often unsung heroes. They push onward and upward while mustering up a serious dose of moxie as they hold down the home front. So, on May 10 and all month long, we’re treating spouses across the country to a little pick-me-up in honor of their commitment to their spouse, family, and nation. Tune in to the #BSFStarbucks on social to see the love.

Travis AFB Thanks A Latte Starbucks

One of the Travis AFB Thanks A Latte Milspouse Starbucks gift card recipients


Explore America’s backyard together

The ninth annual National Kids to Parks Day is May 18! This day of dedicated outdoor play—organized by our partner National Park Trust—is all about encouraging your family to set out to explore the local, state, and national parks in your own backyard. Did you know your military family can explore Blue Star Parks for FREE? Learn more here.

Buddy Bison at a National Park


Webinar with FlexJobs, Hiring Our Heroes & Worldwide101

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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

Topic: How to achieve success in the flexible work environment!

Topic Description:

Learn from experts how to succeed in a flexible, virtual job amidst your crazy, busy mil-life!

Join us for an interactive webinar with milspouses who’ve navigated their careers during PCS moves, transitions, and more!

Start the conversation early, email any questions you have to Liz Jones to ask live during the webinar at [email protected]. Register here.

Speakers include:

Brie Reynolds: Senior Career Specialist @FlexJobs

Natalie Ryan: Senior Manager, Military Spouse Program @Hiring Our Heroes

Stephanie Johnson: Team Leader and Business Support Specialist @Worldwide101

Blue star families networks live on demand careers webinars


Good Night MilKid – Enter to win your child a good night’s sleep

LAST CHANCE to enter to win your child a good night’s sleep with a Sleep Number Sleep Kit. Sleep kits include a Sleep Number kids’ pillow, a ZZZ Bear, protection pad, sheets, blanket, and a subscription to the Caribu Reading App for bedtime stories. Enter here!

Sleep Number MilKid bear photo

Sleep Number MilKid Bear


Sweet Summer Delight   

It’s almost summer, and we’ve joined forces with Edy’s Ice Cream to created fun, new packaging for PCS season! Check out our specialty branded Blue Star Families packaging at a Dollar General store near you. Scoop a bowl and share it with your military friends or a Blue Star Neighbor… because ice cream brings people together. BONUS: We’re giving away a *sweet* prize (pun intended!). Details coming soon on Facebook.

ice cream

Photo: Unsplash


Visit Museums for FREE this summer  

From National Armed Forces Day (May 18) to Labor Day (September 2), enjoy free admission to over 2,000 museums across the nation. We’re talking art and history museums, children’s museums, zoos, nature centers, and so much more. And yes, the price of admission is $0. Just visit a participating Blue Star Museum and show your military ID. Learn more here.  

exploring museum

Photo: Unsplash


How the Blue Star Families Jacksonville Chapter Launch Went Down

On April 30, we had quite a celebration on our hands. That’s because it was officially launch day of Blue Star Families’ new and improved Jacksonville Chapter, sponsored by CSX! This event was the first of several community collaborations between CSX and Blue Star Families, and it was, without a doubt, filled with lots of fun, food, and friendship. See how it went down through the tweets of Blue Star Families and CSX here.  

Jacksonville CSX BSF

BSF Staff at CSX Jacksonville chapter launch


Volunteer Survey Ambassador

Looking for a way to support the great work that Blue Star Families is doing in the research field? Become a Volunteer Survey Ambassador this month and talk to your community about the importance of taking the Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Did we mention we have gift cards to give away to participating volunteers? Learn more here

Happy Mother’s Day!

Give love to the people in your life that are your mothers. Show love to the ones that raised you, the ones that raised your loved ones, the ones that have adopted you, the ones that just plain love you. (Dads, Husbands and Significant Others… don’t forget, just because she’s not YOUR mom doesn’t mean that your love doesn’t get some of your acknowledgment… cough, cough we’re looking at you spouses!) Kids and loved ones, we’ve got you somewhat covered. Download and print our Mother’s Day card here.

mother's day

BSF Mother’s Day Certificate


Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day

In honor of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, we want to thank all who have served, who continue to serve, and for those who know someone who has or currently serves (that means you, spouses, parents, and mil kids!). This #MilLife impacts everyone in the family, so we want to take a moment to thank you!

Memorial Day