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Thanksgiving leaves you feeling full (and honestly, kind of gross) after a day of turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings, and pie. (Lots of pie!) Solution: Get moving outside instead of heading to the mall! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy a hike. Pump up the bike tires and explore your neighborhood. You’ll immediately feel…

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There’s nothing like a day on the beach. . . or a road trip. . . or a weekend in the mountains. . . or a little time by the community pool. . . or some time catching up on your book list. . . or. . . Summer means something for everyone. And for…

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National Parks are both America’s backyard and our birthright. Preserving some of the most beautiful, historic, and wonder-filled places in our nation, the National Park System ensures that all people can enjoy the great outdoors together. The Department of the Interior estimates that every American lives within two hours of at least one federally operated…

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There’s just something about seeing an American flag waving from a porch on a summer’s day. As we head into the season with four patriotic observances– Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, and Independence Day–you might just be itching to add a little (more!) red, white, and blue to your life. Whether you decorate…

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Enjoying the great outdoors is a time-honored tradition, one that is loved by many Americans, including military families. It doesn’t matter if you’re PCSing across the country or have lived in the same place for a long time: chances are, you live near a federal park. This summer, there’s even more to do at national…

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By Erica Glass, Alaska Chapter Director We all have goals for our children. We want them to be healthy, kind, mindful… But do you have any goals some may consider quirky? I do! I want my milkids to visit all 50 states before they reach age eighteen. After stumbling onto websites such as All Fifty…

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Story by Kate Oyer, Blue Star Families Staff Thanks to Blue Star Parks and the America the Beautiful pass, we took a “framily” (military friends who have become our family) trip to Olympic National Park this summer. (The pass is free for military families! Check it out here.) Lake Quinault We only had one short…

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Story by Capt. Kevin Sandell, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs A dual-military couple stationed at Fort Hood recently completed an expedition to Africa by climbing and summiting the continent’s highest peak. For the veteran travel enthusiasts, both of whom are less than 30 years old, ascending the “roof of Africa” proved to be a…

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We are all familiar with the experience of going to a local Starbucks store, placing a complicated order such as a grande, quad, non-fat, extra-hot, one-pump, no-whip, mocha and then settling in with free wifi to check our latest Facebook or Instagram posts. Sound familiar?! But what’s a person to do when you are planning…

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