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What the Military Community Is Saying About Deployments and Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but my social media accounts often seem like a daily reminder of what random thing I should be recognizing. While October has some fun days of national celebration–looking at you, National Chocolate Day (10/26)–this month also highlights some heavy issues. Pink is everywhere, so most people know that it is…

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Here’s What Military Spouses Say About Domestic Violence

October is just the best– am I right?! Fall is [finally] in the air. Leaves are changing. The kids are back to school. Starbucks is offering those oh-so-yummy fall-themed lattes. And Halloween. Who can forget about Halloween and those scary haunted houses?! It’s also a time to shine a light on domestic violence in the…

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Here’s How Congress Is Addressing Military Childcare Frustrations

If you are a working parent in 2018, you know how hard it is to find suitable childcare. It’s more of an art than a science to identify a childcare option that is affordable, close to either work or home, reliable, flexible when we need it to be, and with a person or business we…

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7 Famous People You (Probably) Had No Idea Were Military Spouses

This Military Appreciation Month, we celebrate the diversity of military spouses, their commitment, their tenacity, their love, and their strength. And we celebrate their journey, too… which is why we thought it would be fun to talk about some military spouses who aren’t usually known for being, well, military spouses. Here are seven interesting military…

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9 Hard Truths Many Military Families Experience

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but on Instagram, a picture is also worth the accompanying captions and hashtags. Last week, we wanted to harness those stories through an Instagram photo challenge celebrating military families and their experiences–the good, the frustrating, and the mundane. We asked folks to share a picture surrounding a…

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The Top 7 Excuses for Not Taking the #BSFSurvey

The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey is fielding from now until May 25. What does that actually mean? It means that the Survey is open and taking responses from folks who are affiliated with the military. We can think of a million reasons why you absolutely should take it and lend your voice…

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What You Should Know About the #BSFSurvey

In a world where so many things are demanding your attention, it’s easy to ignore the things that aren’t screaming, vomiting, or screaming, “Mommy!” or “Daddy!” over and over again from underneath the bathroom door. But the truth is, taking the Blue Star Families annual Military Lifestyle Survey is one of the most important things…

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Blue Star Families Launches the 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Media Contact: Bana Miller [email protected] Blue Star Families launches the 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Military community is asked to participate Washington, DC – Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, available online now at bluestarfam.org/survey. In collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and…

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Blue Star Families’ 8th Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Highlights Impacts of Service on Families

Time away from family and impact on children and caregivers are top of mind for military families.   Washington, DC – For the first time in eight years, the top concern of military families is the impact of military service on their families, according to the 2017 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey…

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