November 2020 Newsletter

Published: October 31, 2020

Just wanted to wish you a happy Fall, happy Halloween, and welcome to Autumn! I wanted to take a second to say how thankful I am for all of you! This year has been difficult, but I realize that it is important to remember what we are thankful for. In that mindset, here are three things I am thankful for:

Need financial support going into the holidays?

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Blue Star Families connects you with the financial resources you need! Pay attention to your inbox next week for a short 12 question Pulse Check and for more information about USAA’s $30 million Military Family Relief Initiative. Save the date!


Thank you for sharing your voice!

Thank you, everyone who volunteered their valuable time to respond to the #BSFSurvey! With your support, we gathered 10,926 voices! Be on the lookout for a “Quick Glance” of COVID-19 Impacts this fall, with the full results available in spring 2021!


Attention Ravens Fans! This is for you

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Chunky Soup and the Baltimore Ravens — our awesome Blue Star Neighbors — want to THANK YOU for your service by sending eight milfams a Homegating Kit this fall! Enter weekly until 12/31 for a chance to get a kit delivered to your house. Enter to win here.


Save the Date to Join Tom Hanks on Veteran’s Day

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Blue Star Families, a marketing partner with Arts in the Armed Forces, announces a wonderful event to mark Veterans Day this year. Tom Hanks will discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey with Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr, USMC (Ret), 12th NASA Administrator and former astronaut, and noted actor and Marine Veteran Adam Driver. Registration is free for active duty service members and Veterans all over the world. Civilians can join the fun as well, with a small requested donation. The event will be streamed on Veterans Day, November 11, at 5 PM PT / 6 PM MT / 7 PM CT / 8 PM ET.


Will you help us honor our heroes?

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We’ve teamed up with Wreaths Across America this holiday season. Our mission? To honor and remember our veterans by sponsoring and laying wreaths on the graves of America’s heroes – and we want to make a BIG impact. But we need your help. Learn more and join us here.


Who Are You Proud To Honor?

Don’t miss out! Ford’s most popular “Proud to Honor” items have sold out once already – they’re going quick! Join the thousands of Americans who are supporting #MilFams this fall by shopping here.


Movies Anywhere

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We were thrilled to work with Movies Anywhere last month to celebrate the launch of Screen Pass and honor some of our service members with a virtual movie experience for them and their families. Movies Anywhere hosted a series of virtual movie nights, using its newly-launched Screen Pass and Watch Together—the Movies Anywhere functions that allow users to share access to their digital movie collection—allowing our heroes to watch films with loved ones simultaneously, even when miles apart. Our service members and their families sent Screen Passes of The Karate Kid to one another, and then used Movies Anywhere’s new co-viewing function to Watch Together, while thousands of miles apart. Ralph Macchio, star of the beloved film, even recorded a special message for the families, thanking them for everything they’ve done in service to America. To cap off the event, Movies Anywhere supplied limited-edition movie kits, complete with snacks, blankets, and other goodies to make for a cozy movie night. You can set up a co-viewing event for you and your family by signing up with Movies Anywhere here!


Sky Blossom Films

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Watch Sky Blossom Films – a raw, candid film on today’s teens and 20-somethings caring for families with disabilities. In select theaters in all 50 states on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Limited complimentary tickets here.


Civics Unplugged Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2021 Civics Unplugged Fellowship, a six-month civic leadership program that empowers high school students across the U.S. with the tools, training, and community to reform and rebuild American democracy. Learn more here.


Interested in a Federal Job?

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Ever wondered what it’s like being a part of a federal agency that helps communities before, during, and after disasters? Join us on Wednesday, November 4th at 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT / 11 AM MT / 10 AM PT with Chip Lankart, Talent Recruiter from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss the different employment types, best practices when applying, and their military hiring initiatives. Register here.


Thank You, BAE Systems!


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Thank you to our sponsor, BAE Systems, for their support of the 2020 #BSFSurvey fielding, and the upcoming 2021 release of the results. We couldn’t have done it without them, and we thank them for their continued support during this time as BSF continues to serve our military families.


Are you ready to work today?

Check out our partners representing a variety of industries offering full-time, part-time, contract, and project-based work. Regardless of if you want to work from home, in an office, for a season, or permanently we have the connections to help you land what you are looking for. Get connected today!


Rosie Riveters & Spouseforce Partnership

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New Remote Opportunity in STEM Education with Rosie Riveters! Do you have a background in education or are actively working towards completing a degree in education? Blue Star Careers has a new opportunity for you! More details to come!


Thank you, Welcome Ambassadors!

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Thanks to our partnership with Starbucks, last month we (virtually) deployed over 50 Welcome Ambassadors to help military families feel welcome in their communities. We appreciate the great efforts of our volunteers to welcome military families from Illinois to Washington to South Carolina and many places in between!


New Partnership with the VA!

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Check out our new partnership with the VA! Read here to learn more.


Partner Spotlight

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for their support of Blue Star Families!



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