Blue Star Families Blog

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 http://bluestarfam.us/rcd-civilian-awareness-gap.

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Honoring Our Heroes and Their Loved Ones This Memorial Day

May 25, 2017 by Amanda Moore

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 Amanda Moore

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 Amanda Moore

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 Amanda Moore

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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A Community that CARES

May 22, 2017 by Amanda Moore

What happens when a company of over 110,000 employees volunteer to support Military Families for their annual volunteer efforts?  The answer is hundreds of Family FUN Night Bags for military families in the New York and New Jersey area and kick-off support for Blue Star Families New York Regional Office.  Talk about incredible timing and […]

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Decoding the Mystery of Social Events (sort of like all those acronyms!)

May 17, 2017 by Amanda Moore

One thing we all realize fairly quickly as military families and spouses is that there are hundreds of military acronyms. And more importantly, we need to learn what they stand for, or we risk living in a cloud of mystery. From OER, PCS, to FRG and MOS, the list goes on and on. Like knowing […]

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5 Reasons this Military Spouse Takes the BSF Survey

May 12, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization built by military spouses, conducts an annual survey about the quality of life for military families. This survey relies on the participation of military families for this information. The Blue Star Families Lifestyle survey is thorough, collects valuable feedback, and acts as a voice for the military community. It […]

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Blue Star Families Hires Chaitali Patel as Chief External Affairs Officer

May 9, 2017 by Ron Marcus

Industry veteran will help to greatly extend the depth, breadth and reach of Blue Star Families’ programs helping military families. Washington, D.C., May 9, 2017 – Blue Star Families, a military family advocacy non-profit, today announced that Chaitali Patel has joined the company as Chief External Affairs Officer. Patel was formerly Senior Director and head […]

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Pay-What-You-Can tickets to the Dorset Theatre Festival this Summer!

May 8, 2017 by Amanda Moore

This opportunity is worth the travel! Blue Star Theatres offers you two unique experiences! Join the Dorset Theatre Festival and See Tim and Tyne Daly perform together in a world premiere of Downstairs or come and see Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis in the regional revival of American Buffalo. Audiences come from […]

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