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The Making of a Military Holiday

December 1, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Jessica Howington I’ve seen a lot of articles floating around recently about recipes for a perfect holiday. Oddly enough, I haven’t read one that strikes a chord with the military lifestyle. Although I’d love to say that I have the secret to a perfect military holiday, I’ve realized that with this lifestyle it’s less […]

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The Value of Volunteering

November 29, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by:  Leah Love Two and a half years ago, I realized that I really needed to find something to do. It’s not that I didn’t have things to do- I had a 4 year old and almost 3 year old at the time- but I needed to find something to do for me. With two […]

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Our First Deployment

November 29, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Aleah Wood I have been a military spouse for four years, and before that knew next to nothing when it came to living a military lifestyle. When I first married my husband, I knew we would have years before I had to worry about a deployment. Supporting him through flight school, 3 PCS’s, and […]

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What Life is Really Like for a Jacksonville Navy Family

November 29, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

Being a military family is one of the most rewarding callings in life. It’s a life full of excitement and a life full of challenges. I recently had the opportunity to talk with the Kraemer family, Kevin, Christine, Caydence and Conley, about their life as a military family and what they would like their civilian […]

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National Family Caregiver Month

November 23, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

In recognition of November as National Family Caregiver Month, Blue Star Families and the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network embrace the the artwork of collaboration in service of military and veteran caregivers across the the nation. With supportive and collaborative leadership, Kathy Roth Douquet and Dr. Lynda Davis encourage their teams to serve the caregiver […]

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Home for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

Like most military families, every year, for almost 20 years (wow, that’s a lot when you type it out!), we’ve handled the holidays largely dependent on where in the world we’re stationed and those dreaded yearlong deployments. It’s usually a mixture of traveling, staying home and hosting, or staying home just as a family. This […]

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My Caregiving Journey

November 22, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

Author: Sherleana Fuentes, Chapter Director, Germany Blue Star Families has several programs to serve our military families, including my favorite, Caregivers Empowering Caregivers. I have been volunteering with Blue Star Families for over three years and I am proud to say I have reached over 1,000 military families with these wonderful programs. I have been able […]

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Give thanks, give back, and get some stuff in between.

November 21, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

NOW THAT’S A FULFILLING WEEKEND… Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m not even American*. The thought of a holiday devoted to giving thanks for all we have – unaffected by the gift-buying stress of other holidays, just food, gratitude and family – makes me say, “Aaahhhh.” Add the fact that we just have to […]

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BSF Member Highlight -SpouseForce

November 21, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

As a military spouse, I have changed careers or “hats” with almost every move we’ve made. My degree is in education, and I had thought that a career in that field would ease the transition process. As my fellow spouses in the fields of nursing and education will probably tell you…not exactly. Two years ago, […]

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Blue Star Arts: Alaska Edition

November 21, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

Author: Erica Glass   What an amazing year 2016 has been for Blue Star Arts here in Alaska!  Blue Star Arts consists of the programs: Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, and Blue Star Theatres. As Chapter Director I have the fun job of organizing events around these programs! Here are some Blue Star Arts […]

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