Blue Star Families Blog

President’s Volunteer Service Award – 2016

April 27, 2017 by Ron Marcus

Congratulations to the Blue Star Families volunteers who have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2016! A personal message to you from Kathy Roth-Duquet, Blue Star Families Founder & CEO: PVSA Background: The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the country’s premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through […]

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Blue Star Families launches the 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

April 26, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

  Military community is asked to participate San Diego, CA – Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS), available online now at bluestarfam.org/survey. The survey is a yearly snapshot of the state of military families, offering crucial insight and data to help inform national leaders, local communities, and philanthropic […]

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What this former military kid wants you to know

April 17, 2017 by Amanda Moore

My co-workers, predominantly military spouses, often worry about the effect a deployment or PCS will have on their kids. I don’t have children myself, but having grown up as a military kid, I can share my own experience. Here’s what you should know: Deployments are hard, but pizza is good.  My dad rushed from the […]

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What to Say & Not to Say to Our Military Kids

April 12, 2017 by Amanda Moore

A knock at the door with dinner, a mowed lawn, a shoulder to lean on, or that listening ear. Without the support of our communities, we as military families would have a much harder journey. We live in communities that lift us up and come along side of us during those long, difficult days of […]

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Growing Your Military Tribe

April 10, 2017 by Amanda Moore

  Living in a continually changing environment is challenging for military spouses and kids, especially when you’re looking for a solid support system. Although we’re super adaptable and resilient, growing a military tribe can take time for a number of reasons. One big reason—you always fall for the super cool milspouse who’s packing out the […]

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Gearing Up for Blue Star Museums 2017!

April 4, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Get ready to plan your next Blue Star Families Adventure! We are actively working with our partner, the National Endowment for the Arts, to sign up museums across the country to participate in the Blue Star Museums program this summer. Museums from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida, participate by opening their doors for […]

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Blue Star Neighbors Celebration 2017

April 3, 2017 by Amanda Moore

On the evening of March 22, 2017, we gathered some of our Blue Star Neighbors and Blue Star Families to celebrate community in Washington, D.C. We’d like to express a huge and hearty thanks to everyone who came out to our Celebration this year, and to all our Blue Star Neighbors – supporters who make […]

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Etiquette Bootcamp

March 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Many of us have been there. Uncertain, with questions swirling around our head. Where to stand, what to say, and worst of all, what fork to use! Whether we are new to military life or someone that has spent decades as a military spouse, we are confronted with moments of uncertainty regarding military etiquette and […]

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Salute to Distinction 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award

March 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to our organization, and formally thanks them for furthering the BSF mission within their respective communities. Blue Star Families is proud to announce our Salute to Distinction 2016 Volunteer of the Year: Erica Glass, Chapter Director at Joint Base […]

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Blue Star Families Using Vet Tix!

March 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Our family of five doesn’t get out very often. We have PCS’d every year for the past five years, which makes it difficult to plan ahead and find affordable tickets to experiences we’d all enjoy. Last fall, after relocating yet again, we really wanted to take our kids to a college football game. Easier said […]

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