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Military Housing: Can It Be Fixed?

Picture this – it’s 2007, and the first iPhone just released. Anxious to begin our next military assignment, we were on our way to a tropical paradise knowing we’d won the assignment lottery — Hawaii! Upon arrival, we looked at off-installation housing options but soon realized our Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) wasn’t enough to…

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February 2019 Newsletter

2018 Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey results — in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families — are here! With more than 10,000 respondents including service members, veterans, and their families, the #BSFSurvey received the highest response rate since its establishment…

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Wounded Warrior Project Supports Mission of Blue Star Families

WASHINGTON (Feb. 6, 2019) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced a grant in support of Blue Star Families (BSF), a national nonprofit that aims to strengthen military families by connecting them with the greater civilian communities where they serve. This $250,000 grant will help bridge the military-civilian gap by bringing together public, private, and philanthropic…

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Avoid These Money Mistakes, MilSpouse!

  “Do you have a plan for the most recent pay raise – the 2.6 percent increase – that happened in January?” asked JJ Montanaro, USAA Financial Planner, in his recent Blue Star Families Networks Live! On Demand interview. Wait, what raise?! Sometimes as military family members, we miss important memos because our spouses aren’t…

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Blue Star Families Accepts Honor On Behalf of Military Families

Washington, D.C. – On January 20, Blue Star Families accepted a national award for their leadership and  service to the military community during the 4th annual Veterans Awards at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Also known as the Vettys, this awards program–created by The Academy of United States Veterans’–honors public servants, leaders, and innovators within…

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What Would You Do If Your Service Member’s Duties Weren’t an Issue?

A question in a military spouses’ group on Facebook stopped me abruptly during a Sunday morning teatime scroll. “Would you go to a work function/trip over your child’s birthday?” I immediately thought of my own answer, which was yes. Then I wondered if I should feel guilty about it. Finally, I wondered whether there’s extra…

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January 2019 Newsletter

Military Spouse Wellness Summit The fourth annual Military Spouse Wellness Summit is back and, as a sponsor, we have a special code for you to get 60% off your All-Access ticket now through the end of January! Use code BSF19 when you register here.   Jumpstart your new year!  Are you craving delicious and less…

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Here’s How One Military Spouse Saw Michelle Obama in NYC

Before I married my husband, I was very established in my career–as they say, “living my best life”–and growing as a professional and a young woman. Like many military spouses, I fell in love fast and hard. Eight months later, this big city girl was living in some town I’d never heard of, applying for…

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Here’s How Blue Star Nation Supported Our Troops this Holiday Season

Throughout December, family members and friends of service members trickled into their local Starbucks stores (many being military family owned) to celebrate and honor their heroes far from home this season; a campaign made possible by Blue Star Volunteers and Neighbors. Powered by coffee and holiday cheer, our local elves (volunteers, baristas, and store managers)…

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