Blue Star Families Blog

Explore Utah with Blue Star Parks!

June 15, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

For those wishing to take a longer road trip this summer, consider taking a swing through southern Utah. Utah has extensive incredible public lands and famous national parks. Below we list places that are off the beaten path, where peace is as prevalent as beauty. Just 75 miles south of Moab lies the new Bears […]

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Honoring Our Stars and Stripes!

June 14, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

When Old Glory passes by, whether in a parade, at a sporting event or ceremony, I find myself taken with emotion. My eyes often well up with tears, and I am reminded of all it stands for and represents. It represents our nation’s freedom and the price that so many have paid for that freedom. […]

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June 7, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Try googling “definition of mom” and your search will probably turn up some of the following: “One person who does the work of twenty. For Free.” (See also: masochist, loony, saint.) “ATM, Chauffeur, Chef, Storyteller, Cheerleader, Caregiver, Housekeeper, Nurse, Teacher, Hero, Mentor, Friend.” “(1) Someone who sees the best in her kids even when they […]

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Does Your Family Need a CFO?

June 2, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Blue Star Families Networks Live! On Demand Webinar presents Financial Security and Economic Empowerment for Military Families Does your Family need a Chief Financial Officer? Are you making good career and educational choices? Are you financially prepared for transition from service? Learn how to create financial security from Doug McCormick, Army veteran, professional investor, expert […]

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Adventure Awaits in the Kenai Fjords!

May 29, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

If you have ever experienced a boat ride where mountains are bursting from the ground, water that is crisp and refreshing and while bald eagles soar above you then you know the feeling of being amazed and grateful! Our family of five, with our children being of the ages of 7, 4, and 2, was […]

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Op-Ed: Closing the Civilian Awareness Gap

May 25, 2017 by Ron Marcus

Real Clear Defense has published an op-ed authored by Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet which describes the lack of civilian awareness of the challenges and sacrifices that come with military family life, and how closing the awareness gap will enrich our communities and strengthen our nation. You can read the full article at

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Honoring Our Heroes and Their Loved Ones This Memorial Day

May 25, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

The last Monday in May is a solemn one, particularly for those whose loved ones have sacrificed their lives for our nation’s freedom. Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day, and it was proclaimed in 1868 by General John Logan, who had been a Northern commander in the Civil War. The day was intended […]

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Deployed Service Member Surprises His Wife!

May 24, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

CONGRATULATIONS to First Sergeant Jackson and his wife Stacy in Fort Campbell, KY, winners of the Blue Star Families Sleep Number Military Spouse Appreciation Sweepstakes! Supporting the Global War on Terrorism, First Sergeant Jackson is currently deployed in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. “At the conclusion of this tour, I will have been deployed in a […]

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What is Spouseforce all about?

May 22, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

As military spouses, we are all familiar with how difficult it is to navigate our careers with the military lifestyle. Blue Star Families in partnership with The Walmart Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase is trying to ease some of that career instability by inviting military spouses to participate in Blue Star SpouseForce. SpouseForce is a […]

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Oh, the Place You’ll Go (and the weird stuff you’ll have to say)

May 22, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Memorial Day being right around the corner which means PCS season is coming. While you’re all busy scheduling movers, pouring over school reviews and making the 432,458 lists we need throughout the process, make sure you include this list. Or, at least grin a little while you read it. I’ve polled all of the MilKids […]

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