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Dear Civilian Schools: Our MilKids Need Your Support

What words would you use to describe your MilKid? The following most likely just popped into your head: resilient, independent, adaptable, strong, loyal, and compassionate. They’re the poster child for such adjectives because just as their hero and active duty parent serves our country, they do too. And when it comes time for yet another…

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How Your Family Can Celebrate “National Kids to Parks Day” for Free

I don’t want to jinx it for us all, but it seems as if spring weather is here to stay for much of the country. And after the kind of winter we just had, I’m sure you’re eager to spend as much spare time your family has in the great outdoors. Am I right? I…

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Job-Searching Milspouses Say: Enough With the Career Resources

Right at this very moment, you can hop over to Google, search “Military Spouse Career Resources,” and scour pages upon pages of results. I’m talking networking groups, meetups, career roadmapping, in-person and virtual training, workshops, resume assistance, mentorship, licensure help, and so much more. There’s truly everything under the sun these days to support us…

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Blue Star Families’ 2018 President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Winners

As an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) encourages citizens to live a life of service and lead by example to inspire others to engage in volunteerism. The award recognizes, celebrates, and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply…

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One Outstanding Volunteer Making Blue Star Families Lives Better

At the heart of every military community are volunteers who go above and beyond to make their communities a great place for military families to live. The Blue Star Families (BSF) Salute to Distinction Award program recognizes the outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to our organization and formally thanks them for furthering the Blue…

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April 2019 Newsletter

Goodnight Mil Kid Enter to win your child a good night’s sleep! Our mil kids sacrifice a lot, but they don’t have to sacrifice sleep too! Our good friends at Sleep Number recognize how a good night’s rest can help ease the stress of the military lifestyle — parents’ deployments, moving, etc., so they are giving…

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“Time Away”: The Not-So-Secret Battle on the Home Front

Life as a military family is downright unpredictable. One minute, you get a little inkling that you should just go ahead and make those plans for a few months into the future. And the next minute, your service member spouse comes home from work, asks you to sit down much to your dismay because he…

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Three Sweet Gift Cards! (Here’s How to Enter!)

Blue Star Families is partnering with Munson’s Chocolates to host a sweet giveaway! When we say sweet, we really mean sweet. We’re giving away three $50.00 gift cards to Munson’s Chocolates now through April 12. Entering our sweet gift card giveaway is pretty simple. You just need to click here and tell us where you…

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Tricare’s Alternative Care Coverage Is Seriously Overdue for a Check-Up

It’s the common story of increasing frustrations with Tricare. Over brunch, one of my military spouse friends was telling me all about her experience with alternative care coverage hurdles. Prior to marrying her service member, she was under a civilian health care plan and maintaining her routine chiropractic adjustment schedule, which she’d been receiving due…

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Here are some surprising ways troops and vets can cut their student loan debt

First published on Military Times. Editor’s note: The following commentary was contributed by Mike Saunders, Director of Military and Consumer Policy at the nonprofit group Veterans Education Success. The content may be edited for clarity, style and length. —————   Hundreds of thousands of veterans, service members and their families have student loans. But most of…

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