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The Knowledge You Never Knew You Lacked: 10 Reasons to Visit the Weems-Botts Museum!

You will time travel. Our historic structure was built in the 1700s and used until 1968. As we walk through the historic house, you will pass into the Colonial, Victorian, and WWII era as we discuss how such a small building could be used for so much! We won’t lie to you. Unlike the owner…

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How Schools Can Help Military Children

School is a tremendously important part of a child’s life, and so is being a member of a military family. There are over a million school-aged military kids in the DoD, and they face unique challenges due to their parent’s service. There are many ways that parents, teachers, and schools can work together to create…

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14 Blue Star Museums Worth Visiting Before the Season Ends

Has your military family celebrated the 10th season of Blue Star Museums by visiting a participating museum nearby for free?  If not, you need to! Now, if you’re wondering how you can squeeze the most out of this program before Labor Day (the program’s seasonal closing date), you’ve come to the right place. We wouldn’t…

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7 FREE Back-to-School Resources for Military Kids

Another Blue Star Summer is winding down. And you know what that means.  Parents across the country are jumping for joy and doing happy dances at the bus stop over their kids going back to school.  While the same may be true for you, it can still be an equally stressful and trying time for…

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A Milspouse’s Night Out at Motown Legend Mary Wilson’s Concert

When you hear of Motown legends, there should be one name that comes to mind: Mary Wilson of The Supremes! Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, was part of the hit group The Supremes—one of the most successful female groups in recording history.  You probably know their top ballads, which include “Baby…

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5 Top Issues for School-Aged MilKids from This Year’s MCEC National Training Seminar

On July 24, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)’s 2019 National Training Seminar kicked off in Washington, D.C. And as part of the seminar, Jennifer Akin, Applied Research Analyst of Blue Star Families and military spouse, and Shannon Razsadin, Executive Director of the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), presented on a panel titled, “Take Action!…

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The Greatest Benefits of Being a Member of Blue Star Families

Did you know that we have more than 150,000 members in our Blue Star Families network?  Yep, it’s true! So when membership is free, why in the world wouldn’t you want to join our growing family? But maybe your reason is simple: you aren’t familiar with all the membership benefits available to both military families…

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August 2019 Newsletter

Spouseforce = 400+ Military Spouses Hired. Are You Next? That’s right! Spouseforce, our virtual platform for career-minded military spouses, is tracking the placement of more than 400 military spouses into jobs! Have you created your profile or connected with a local Careers Manager? As soon as you do, you’ll get access to employment opportunities, trainings,…

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Here’s How Military Families are Enjoying #BlueStarMuseums This Year

We’re in the tenth year of Blue Star Museums—an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums nationwide. (Can you believe it?!) And even after a decade, excitement over this free admission program only continues to grow. Why? Because more than 2,000 museums…

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8 Tips for Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School After a PCS

PCS-ing is not easy for any member of a military family.  We like to call our milkids resilient and brave. But they’re definitely not immune to the difficulties that come with adjusting to a new school. You know, difficulties like being the new kid at school once again, missing old friends, and navigating a different…

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