August 2019 Newsletter

August 2, 2019

spouseforce image of two women looking at a laptopSpouseforce = 400+ Military Spouses Hired. Are You Next?

That’s right! Spouseforce, our virtual platform for career-minded military spouses, is tracking the placement of more than 400 military spouses into jobs! Have you created your profile or connected with a local Careers Manager? As soon as you do, you’ll get access to employment opportunities, trainings, resources, and networks to help you find a career that fits your lifestyle. Build your profile here. We’d love for you to be next! 


back to school pencilsCalling All MilSpouses: Shop & Save for Back-To-School Without Leaving Your House

Are you a mom or dad in the middle of a PCS? Solo-parenting? The caretaker and CFO of your house? Having a blast right now soaking up the summer sun with your kids? If you are (or if you’re just plain allergic to long lines and busy parking lots), then online shopping is a must for your back-to-school needs this year. And as you rack your brain over all the things your MilKid needs, don’t stress the expense. We’ve got you, friend. Learn more!


Military Influencer ConferenceJoin Us at MIC in D.C.

The Military Influencer Conference (MIC) is a dynamic three-day event connecting entrepreneurs, business executives, and brands with the influencers who shape and support the military community. And this year, it’s being held in Washington, D.C. Click here to register, and join Blue Star Families as we learn and network!


jolly time popcorn help our troopsCast Your Vote for Blue Star Families 

We need your help! Vote for Blue Star Families to win Jolly Time Pop Corn’s “Help Our Troops” campaign here. Then, take your support one step further by grabbing a “Help Our Troops” Blast O Butter 3-pack the next time you’re in the store! Now through September 15, for every pack sold, Jolly Time Pop Corn will donate a percentage to four charities (including BSF!) to benefit our troops.


ice cream socialWin Your PCS-ing MilKid an Ice Cream Social 

We’re teaming up with Edy’s® Ice Cream to make the PCS transition a sweet one for your #MilKid! Click here to enter for a chance to win them a FREE ice cream social.


volunteerCheers to 10 Years of Blue Star Museums

This summer, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Blue Star Museums, we’re sending Blue Star Ambassadors to more than 100 museums to express our gratitude! One ambassador, Lisa, thanked three of our Philadelphia Blue Star Museums, including the National Constitution Center. Thank you, Blue Star Museums and all you do for our military families! 


BlueGrass World SeriesTake Your MilFam Out to the Ball Game

Thanks to Vet Tix’s partnership with the Bluegrass World Series, when members of our community use promo code BSFLOU, 50% of ticket proceeds go directly to Blue Star Families. With a roster of more than 30 former MLB all-stars, you won’t want to miss out on this unique and fun family event! Learn more and get your tickets here


BSF Summer fun boys playing ashton-bingham-113943-unsplashSummertime is Fun Time with BSF

BSF makes sure you never experience a dull moment this summer and that you always have a response to “I’m bored!” Check out our Blue Star Summer activities, which include visiting museums, exploring parks, earning outdoor badges on a virtual passport, reading books, and much more.


Networks Live! On Demand Event with FlexJobs

Join us on Wednesday, August 7, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m.  CT / 10 a.m. PT for the next Networks Live! On Demand event. We’re teaming up with Brie Reynolds, Career Specialist and Coach at FlexJobs, to discuss some of the best types of flexible jobs (and how to find them) for people with caregiving responsibilities—whether you’re caring for young children, elderly parents, a spouse, or anyone in between. Click here to register!


Networks Live! On Demand Event with Instant Teams

Yet another careers-focused webinar you’ll want to be sure to add to your calendar! On Tuesday, August 27, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m.  CT / 10 a.m. PT, Erica McMannes, Founder and COO of Instant Teams will be joining us for our Networks Live! On Demand event. More details are coming soon, but be sure to register in advance here.


Blue Star Summer Bingo cardB-I-N-G-O!

Summer calls for making memories with your family, forming new friendships, visiting museums, enjoying quiet moments with a book, marveling at the wonders of nature, and exploring new places. So why not download a BINGO card, and jump into the fun with us? You might end up winning a fun prize! 


to be of service military movieA Military Film to Watch: To Be of Service

To Be of Service is a feature-length documentary film about war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives. The film follows veterans before they have a service dog, to training at a service dog organization, and the months after they have the dog in their daily lives. The transformation, within months, is remarkable as they have their new battle buddy by their side. The film also reflects on the cost of war and suggests that, if we must send our soldiers into battle, we be sure to understand the cost, and to have resources in place to assure their well being when they return.  For more information, reach out to [email protected]