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Blue Star Families’ Stars, Stripes & Snowflakes Holiday Party: A Behind the Scenes Look

Welcome, Kiesha—Navy wife, mom of two, and D.C.-based writer and educator—to the Blue Star Families blog!  Teacher gifts. ✓ December band concert. ✓ Holiday cards sent. ✓ Two whole weeks of no school. ✓ Grocery store runs, Amazon orders; the list goes on and on. The holidays are an intense time for everyone, thanks to…

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Champions of Chunky Spotlight: Jessica Moser

“Our first PCS was challenging. No one should feel alone and isolated when we are all on this journey together,” Jessica Moser, volunteer extraordinaire, recently told Blue Star Families. “In the past couple of years, I learned that there are many great organizations out there ready to provide support to military families with the help…

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3 Ways to Support Blue Star Families This Holiday Season (Just By Shopping!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re battling it out in a shopping mall’s parking lot for the last space. Or standing in line. Or just stressing about your shopping list. But shopping shouldn’t dampen your spirits. After all, it’s the season of generosity and joy. And we have a few ways…

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The Latest on Paid Family Leave & Why It Matters to Your MilFam

Life happens – People get sick. Tragedies strike. Babies are born. Spouses get deployed. In situations like these, you or your partner might find yourselves in need of paid time off. Introducing: NY’s Military Family Leave Policy New York state currently allows the spouses, domestic partners, parents, and children of military service members to take…

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December 2019 Newsletter

Fueling Blue Star Families This Winter!  We’ve teamed up with Campbell’s Chunky and Dollar General to help fuel Blue Star Families this winter! Learn more about our “Champions of Chunky” campaign here. Then, visit a Dollar General store near you to pick up a limited-edition can of Classic Chicken Noodle or Sirloin Burger with Country…

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Blue Star Neighbor Starbucks Honors MilFams with Yellow Ribbon Trees Across the Country

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or, at least that’s how the song goes.  But for many military families, the holiday season isn’t filled with happiness and cheer. Instead, it means time spent apart so our heroes—our loved ones—can fulfill their duty to protect and serve our country overseas. For that reason, since…

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AT&T Awards BSF with a $50,000 Grant to Further Empower Military Families Nationwide

We’re proud to announce that AT&T will be awarding a $50,000 grant in support of Blue Star Families’ Spouseforce program, which connects military spouses to employment opportunities in their communities. The company’s support will go a long way toward helping us empower those who serve our country.  According to our 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, the…

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The Latest on Communication During Deployment

TL;DR: Communicate supportively with your children while you are deployed – regardless of whether you can speak to them often or only rarely. “Uprooting and separating families or forcing them to make those choices is why many choose not to stay, and why many choose not to join at all…”  – Navy Service Member (2018…

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From Intern to 20-Year Employee as a Military Spouse!

AT&T is proud to hire veterans and their family members and to support training and skills-building programs that put veterans on the path to career success. As AT&T celebrates achieving its goal to hire 20,000 veterans by 2020, the company remains focused on identifying new opportunities for veterans and their families so that they can…

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Meet 3 Volunteers Who Are Grateful for BSF Volunteer Opportunities

As William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” And if you don’t know by now, we really love to express our gratitude for our volunteers⁠—not only during November (aka National Gratitude Month) but all year round. (Check out these blog posts.)  Instead…

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