Blue Star Families Blog

Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Amse Heck

November 17, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities. It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 3 Award Winner: Amse Heck, Chapter Director, Washington DC. Amse’s nominators repeatedly commented […]

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Honoring Service Members: Starbucks Yellow Ribbon Trees

November 14, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

During the 2016 holiday season, with the help of Design & Source Productions and Starbucks, Blue Star Families Volunteers set up Yellow Ribbon Trees in Starbucks Military Family Stores across the country. Visitors to each store were invited to personalize Yellow Ribbon ornaments with the name of a loved one who would be away for […]

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National Guard and Reserve Families: Go Get Your ID Card!

November 14, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Christina Smith Are you a National Guard or Reserve family member without a valid military ID?  Do you think you will have plenty of time to get one if needed for a deployment?  Don’t put it off any longer! You never know when your service member will be deployed. This is especially true […]

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Blue Star Families’ 8th Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Highlights Impacts of Service on Families

November 13, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Time away from family and impact on children and caregivers are top of mind for military families.   Washington, DC – For the first time in eight years, the top concern of military families is the impact of military service on their families, according to the 2017 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey […]

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National Caregivers Month: Asking Better Questions

November 10, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Susan A. Vernick, Etiquette Chics Our country’s veterans are truly at the foundation of the freedom we all enjoy. All veterans are worthy of our thanks every day as we enjoy this precious freedom. But, beyond that, how can we act on those feelings of thankfulness, as a nation? When we interact with […]

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Exploring Olympic National Park

November 9, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Kate Oyer, Blue Star Families Staff Thanks to Blue Star Parks and the America the Beautiful pass, we took a “framily” (military friends who have become our family) trip to Olympic National Park this summer. (The pass is free for military families! Check it out here.) Lake Quinault We only had one short […]

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November 1, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Nygel Jones September 11th | 3 Years Old The World Trade Center has always had a special place in my heart. From the time I had first visited the plaza months prior to the tragic Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of thousands, I always felt a significant connection to the site. I […]

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Year Round Fun at NYC Children’s Museum

November 1, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Looking for something fun to do in NYC with your family? Stop by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, 212-721-1223). Admission is free for Blue Star Families all year round! The Museum delights visitors with five floors of excitement and learning. Our PlayWorks™ exhibit is designed […]

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National Geographic’s #LongRoadHome is premiering Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

October 30, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

No soldier fights alone. Based on the New York Times best-selling book by internationally acclaimed journalist Martha Raddatz, The Long Road Home tells the story of “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004. Help Support Our Troops! Nat Geo will donate […]

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10 Ways To Make Halloween Fun While A Parent Is Deployed

October 28, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

1. What I try to do is make a picture book for something big like this and ship that book to my husband so that he can feel like he was with us the whole night. – Vicky P. 2. I always decorate the house and try to keep things looking as it always would […]

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