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5 Tips to Balance Your Thinking When You’re Missing Your Old Community

We’re just a few months away from welcoming yet another holiday season and another decade. But maybe you’re feeling less than excited because, well, this was the year the military decided to uproot you and plant you in unfamiliar territory once again. With no choice but to part ways with treasured friendships, local favorites, and…

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The Changing Face of Domestic Violence

Did you know that 15 percent of respondents in Blue Star Families’ 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey said they felt unsafe in their relationships? If that wasn’t sobering enough, a 2013 VA study stated that around 22 percent of service members had perpetrated intimate partner violence. Of course, domestic or intimate partner violence is not…

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4 Stories that Prove You Can Take BSF With You Wherever You Go

We’ve recently noticed an exciting volunteer trend, and we can’t keep it to ourselves any longer! So, here it is… Our volunteers are on the move, and they’re taking BSF along for the ride. We’re sharing this with such excitement because this means you can join us today as a Blue Star Families volunteer—from wherever…

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October 2019 Newsletter

360® Smart Bed Giveaway! Know a veteran or active-duty service member who deserves a good night’s sleep? Nominate them for a chance to win Sleep Number’s “Thank You Military” giveaway here. Thank You, Starbucks! Over the past month, Blue Star Families hosted events at local Starbucks stores to welcome military families to the community. Families…

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Blue Star Neighbor Starbucks Welcomes MilFams to Communities Nationwide

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”  – Coretta Scott King And our Blue Star Neighbor Starbucks knows all about that.  A supportive, connected community plays a huge role in the lives of our nation’s military families. It eases the strains of the often demanding lifestyle…

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Thank You, Military, for a Good Night’s Sleep!

Our good friends over at Sleep Number know that next month is Military Family Appreciation Month. And they want to say “Thanks!” to the folks who keep Americans safe and sleeping well at night! So, in case you missed the big announcement, we’re here on the blog today to let you know about our “Thank…

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10 Ways to Create a Kind Community

A few weeks back, we shared ideas on how you can show neighborhood kindness. But today, we’re focusing on the ways you can create a kind community beyond your backyard. From a simple gesture to giving your time and money, here are 10 acts of kindness you can perform in your city in honor of…

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Commemorating the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

September 20, 2019, marked the eighth anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).  To commemorate this milestone in our military’s march towards equality, we’re diving into the history of DADT, what it was like to live and serve under DADT, the impact of its repeal, and what more can be done today…

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The Blue Star Parks & Museums Meet-Ups Around the Country You Need to See (Part II)

Remember when we shared a behind the scenes look at Blue Star Parks meet-ups just last month? (If you missed it, check it out here.) Well, today is the second and final part of our behind-the-scenes series! A big THANK YOU to our meet-up volunteers who united military families, and even civilian families, to spend…

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Meet Two BSF Volunteers Who Are Empowering MilFams in Their Communities

Chances are you’ve heard us share all about the benefits of being a Blue Star Families volunteer. But what about real stories from volunteers themselves?  Well, if you’ve been eager to hear what it’s like being a part of the BSF family and making a difference in the lives of our military families, you’ve come…

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