Blue Star Families Blog

Rent or Own? These 4 Indicators Will Help Military Families Decide

June 14, 2018 by Joanna Guldin

“Home ownership can be rewarding … but reaping the benefits requires commitment, responsibility, money and time,” said Jonathan from USAA during his Straight Shooters Video on Buying Vs. Renting a Home. This video was one resource we received during our latest Blue Star Families Networks Live! On Demand interview. We went live to dissect whether […]

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Here’s How Congress Is Addressing Military Childcare Frustrations

June 12, 2018 by Joanna Guldin

If you are a working parent in 2018, you know how hard it is to find suitable childcare. It’s more of an art than a science to identify a childcare option that is affordable, close to either work or home, reliable, flexible when we need it to be, and with a person or business we […]

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June 2018 Newsletter

June 7, 2018 by Valerie Nicholas

Father’s Day is coming up. Give Dad some love! We love our Dad milspouses, Dad active duty members, Dad reservists and guardsmen, and our Dad neighbors! Basically, it’s love all around. First, download your free Father’s Day card here. Then read about some fantastic Milspouses Dads that, like all milspouses, always go above and beyond! […]

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Meet Two Male Military Spouse Dads

June 7, 2018 by Valerie Nicholas

Blue Star Families knows that there are so many awesome military dads out there, and often male military spouses don’t get the spotlight. We want the whole world to know about them! We interviewed two Blue Star Families members about their experience as military spouses and dads, and you might find a few of their […]

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Here’s What Our Blue Star Families Did at Kids to Parks Day 2018

June 6, 2018 by Valerie Nicholas

By the end of June, Blue Star Families will have offered 18 events in 11 different communities in honor of Kids to Parks Day! Launched in 2011, Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors organized by National Parks Trust (NPT) and is designed to connect kids and families with their […]

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4 Ingenious Father’s Day Gifts for Military Dads

June 5, 2018 by Michele Bradfield

Our annual Military Lifestyle Survey revealed that a top concern for service members is the amount of time they spend away from their families. While we can’t control high op-tempos and crazy work schedules (yet!), we can make the best of our time together. So why not start by making Father’s Day extra special? If […]

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Here’s What Trump’s Milspouse Hiring Executive Order Means for You

June 4, 2018 by Joanna Guldin

Let’s face it: military spouses got a lot of love in May. Military Spouse Appreciation Day was May 11th. Many of us celebrated Mother’s Day on the 13th. These holidays make every May special, but this year we got a little bonus: President Trump issued an executive order explicitly recognizing our contribution, not only as […]

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Enter to Win a 12 Strong and 15:17 to Paris Prize Package

May 30, 2018 by Joanna Guldin

Ripped from the headlines, two movies captivated the United States this past year, just as their true stories did. 12 Strong and the 15:17 to Paris tell the stories of service members’ of heroism and bravery in the face of insurmountable odds. And thanks to our partnership with Warner Bros., you’ll have a chance to […]

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3 Ways the #BSFSurvey Changed the Military Community

May 30, 2018 by Michele Bradfield

We’re two days from closing the Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey (#BSFSurvey), and we’re doing a happy dance because thousands of milfams have shared their stories with us thus far knowing we’ll use their feedback to impact change! We’ll never forget how it all started. Ten years ago, we [a group of mispouses] saw that back-to-back deployments […]

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What You Should Know About This Orlando Blue Star Museum

May 29, 2018 by Joanna Guldin

Thanks to Jessi VanPelt, Communications Manager of Art & History Museums – Maitland for this Blue Star Museums guest post The original founder of the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s campus, Jules André Smith, was born in 1880 to American parents in Hong Kong, raised in New York and Connecticut, and educated at Cornell University. […]

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