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December 2018 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from your friends at BSF! Here’s an idea for you if Daddy or Mommy can’t make it home for the holidays… make your #milkid an Honorary Elf! PSA: Get those packages in the mail! Loved ones overseas or away from home this holiday season? Make sure their gifts make it in time. #GivingTuesday Success!…

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How Blue Star Families is Changing the Game for Military Families

“My first child was born with a life-threatening hole in her heart,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, veteran spouse and Blue Star Families CEO. “As I was looking for doctors and arranging her imminent surgery, my husband was coordinating our move to Okinawa. When she was two months, she had open-heart surgery in Boston. By the time…

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Here’s an Easy Way to Support the Troops this Holiday Season

We’ve been busy Santa’s Helpers this holiday season! Our Blue Star Families elves put up and decorated Yellow Ribbon Trees in 48 Starbucks stores across the country in honor of our service members far from home. It’s a holiday tradition we started in partnership with Starbucks in 2016.   To participate, write your hero’s name…

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Military Caregivers Can Get Support and Community Through Online Program

When a loved one serves in our military, it is a family affair. Service often means extended periods of time away from family for training, assignments and deployments. That time away takes a toll on both service members and those who love them. And, when the unimaginable happens – an injury or traumatic event encountered…

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Here’s How BSF’s Largest Volunteer Activation EVER Went Down

This year, Veterans Day was a sleepy Sunday. But for 179 Blue Star Families Volunteer Ambassadors, it was an early morning filled with… coffee. Across the US, they woke up, put on a limited edition Blue Star Families + Starbucks shirt and headed to their neighborhood Starbucks to say thank you. (And drink coffee, of…

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Here’s How BSF Celebrated Mickey’s Birthday with Military Families

A few weeks ago, my friend Kara, shared a Blue Star Families event with me and made sure I did not miss out. She experienced a Blue Star Books event at another installation and told me how amazing this event is for military families. Blue Star Families partners with Disney for their Blue Star Books…

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#OptOutside with BSF This Black Friday… and Win!

Thanksgiving leaves you feeling full (and honestly, kind of gross) after a day of turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings, and pie. (Lots of pie!) Solution: Get moving outside instead of heading to the mall! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy a hike. Pump up the bike tires and explore your neighborhood. You’ll immediately feel…

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Blue Star Families Receives Grant from Boeing to Grow Military Family Support Communities

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Blue Star Families announced their partnership with Boeing in 2019 to help reduce the isolation of veteran and military families through location-based communities. As the largest community-based military family non-profit in the country, Blue Star Families has established over 35 locations nationwide. Their more than 1.5 million military family…

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Why This Shipping Company Wants to Support Your Military Family

Remember that time you PCSed and didn’t know anyone in your new community? No friends. No family. No support. Say “goodbye” to those days because we’ve got exciting news! We got together with CSX, our friend in the transportation industry, and are planning something big. Really, really big. It’s called CSX Blue Star Communities and…

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