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December 2019 Newsletter

Fueling Blue Star Families This Winter!  We’ve teamed up with Campbell’s Chunky and Dollar General to help fuel Blue Star Families this winter! Learn more about our “Champions of Chunky” campaign here. Then, visit a Dollar General store near you to pick up a limited-edition can of Classic Chicken Noodle or Sirloin Burger with Country…

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Blue Star Neighbor Starbucks Honors MilFams with Yellow Ribbon Trees Across the Country

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or, at least that’s how the song goes.  But for many military families, the holiday season isn’t filled with happiness and cheer. Instead, it means time spent apart so our heroes—our loved ones—can fulfill their duty to protect and serve our country overseas. For that reason, since…

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AT&T Awards BSF with a $50,000 Grant to Further Empower Military Families Nationwide

We’re proud to announce that AT&T will be awarding a $50,000 grant in support of Blue Star Families’ Spouseforce program, which connects military spouses to employment opportunities in their communities. The company’s support will go a long way toward helping us empower those who serve our country.  According to our 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, the…

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The Latest on Communication During Deployment

TL;DR: Communicate supportively with your children while you are deployed – regardless of whether you can speak to them often or only rarely. “Uprooting and separating families or forcing them to make those choices is why many choose not to stay, and why many choose not to join at all…”  – Navy Service Member (2018…

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From Intern to 20-Year Employee as a Military Spouse!

AT&T is proud to hire veterans and their family members and to support training and skills-building programs that put veterans on the path to career success. As AT&T celebrates achieving its goal to hire 20,000 veterans by 2020, the company remains focused on identifying new opportunities for veterans and their families so that they can…

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Meet 3 Volunteers Who Are Grateful for BSF Volunteer Opportunities

As William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” And if you don’t know by now, we really love to express our gratitude for our volunteers⁠—not only during November (aka National Gratitude Month) but all year round. (Check out these blog posts.)  Instead…

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays Without Breaking the Bank

As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  For many families, it’s also the busiest and most expensive. Gifts, travel, entertainment, food – it all adds up, and can really put a crimp in your holiday spirit. Thankfully, the following strategies that improve your holiday spending almost always have an added…

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7 Thanksgiving Traditions to Make The Holidays Your Own as a Military Family

It’s almost that time again when families come together to share in the best meal of the year. But for military families? Well, you already know that this time of the year can be especially difficult. Maybe your service member spouse is deployed. Or, you recently PCSed to a new location far away from immediate…

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The True Story of Our Veterans: Challenges of the Military Transition to Civilian Life

In our 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 47% of veteran family respondents reported that their overall transition experience was “difficult” or “very difficult.” We found that service members and their families encounter a range of transition-related challenges during their reintegration into civilian life. So, in honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d shed some light…

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Attend a Free Styling Session and win a $100 maurices gift card!

Did you know it’s Military Family Appreciation Month?! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with an awesome #BlueStarNeighbor who want to say a big THANK YOU to our military families.   Maybe you haven’t heard about what they’re up to, which is why we’re on the blog today. Here’s the inside scoop… maurices is donating $1 to…

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