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How Blue Star Families is Changing the Game for Military Families

“My first child was born with a life-threatening hole in her heart,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, veteran spouse and Blue Star Families CEO. “As I was looking for doctors and arranging her imminent surgery, my husband was coordinating our move to Okinawa. When she was two months, she had open-heart surgery in Boston. By the time…

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Here’s How BSF’s Largest Volunteer Activation EVER Went Down

This year, Veterans Day was a sleepy Sunday. But for 179 Blue Star Families Volunteer Ambassadors, it was an early morning filled with… coffee. Across the US, they woke up, put on a limited edition Blue Star Families + Starbucks shirt and headed to their neighborhood Starbucks to say thank you. (And drink coffee, of…

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CSX Blue Star Communities: Connecting Military Families to their Neighbors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Contact: Chaitali Patel, Blue Star Families Chief External Affairs Officer Email: [email protected] CSX Blue Star Communities: Connecting Military Families to their Neighbors CSX and Blue Star Families launch a national initiative to bring civilian and military families together and in turn strengthen our nation as a whole. Washington, D.C. (Nov. 9,…

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Why You Should Nominate Your Neighbor to Win This Prize

Most everyone in our cul-de-sac knows I’m alone and solo-parenting right now with my husband away at an Army school. So, when news of Hurricane Florence hit, they turned up in droves on my doorstep. One neighbor baked and brought over bread. Another arranged a small pot-luck dinner so we weren’t alone on the worst…

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What Do Military Families, Coffee, and School Supplies Have in Common?

Each year, as school begins, there are thousands of military kids who are walking the halls of their new school for the very first time. This year, for the second year in a row, Starbucks and Blue Star Families partnered to make transitions like these a little easier for military kids by getting them school…

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Here’s How to Be a Great Neighbor to Military Families

Military families, while proud of their service to our country, often face adversity through circumstances beyond their control. Whether it’s a long deployment, being separated from family, or another obstacle, military families can feel alone and adrift in their communities. But that’s where you come in. Extending friendship, a kind word, or an offer of…

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5 Generous Ways to Make New Military Families Feel at Home

The average military family moves seven times more than their civilian counterparts. Think about that: seven times! Even if you’re military-affiliated, you might be surprised by that number. That’s a lot of moving… and a lot of time getting used to new neighborhoods, new towns and installations, and new neighbors. Military families are incredibly self-sufficient…

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9 Tweets That Perfectly Describe This Year’s Blue Star Neighbors Celebration

On March 13, more than 300 luminaries, dignitaries, volunteers, and military community advocates spent an evening at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. supporting the work of Blue Star Families at their Blue Star Neighbors Celebration. The night was one of fun, food, and advocacy. Here’s exactly how the night happened, as seen…

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Thankful For Our Neighbors

It is the time of year when we give thanks, where thanks are due. And this Thanksgiving, our Blue Star Neighbors deserve heaps of gratitude. 5 Groups of Neighbors We are Grateful for: 1. Our Next Door Neighbors To the snow plowers, leaf rakers, grass cutters, welcome home balloon deliverers, mailbox decorators, carpool drivers, meal…

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