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10 Ways to Show Neighborhood Kindness

September 28.  Do you know what that date signifies? National Good Neighbor Day! No matter if you consider yourself winning in the “good neighbor” department or you’re trying to get your footing in your new community after this year’s PCS season, it’s even better when you can BE a good neighbor. So today, we’re offering…

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The Military Health System Overhaul: Here’s What You Should Know

You’ve probably heard that the Defense Health Agency (DHA) is gearing up to make changes to the Military Health System come fall. So with all the buzz that’s circulating, we’re sharing the top three things you need to know today. Short on time and need a quick summary of the changes? Watch this three-minute video!…

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Thank You to the NEA for a Fantastic Blue Star Museums Season!

We’re closing the chapter on the 10th season of Blue Star Museums. And what a season it was!  From Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, military families around the country visited more than 2,000 participating museums offering free admission through this program—from art museums to science centers, botanic gardens, and everything in-between. No matter where…

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September 2019 Newsletter

Last Chance to Vote Blue Star Families Voting ends this month for Jolly Time Pop Corn’s “Help Our Troops” campaign, which focuses on supporting service members and their families. It’ll take less than two seconds of your time, and we’d love your help in snagging the top spot! Vote for Blue Star Families here. Then,…

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The Latest on Military Family Food Insecurity & The Basic Needs Allowance

The issue of food insecurity throughout our military community is far from new. But in recent months, it’s one that’s been getting a lot of attention thanks to recent advancements coming from the House passing H.R.2500: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. So we figured it was time for us to…

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4 Benefits of Being a Blue Star Families Volunteer

We all lead busy lives—no matter if you’re a military family member or civilian. But finding the time to volunteer and give back to those in your community comes with enormous benefits. And you know how the saying goes: We make time for the people and things that matter most to us. So if you’re…

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A Service Member’s Night Out for Yo-Yo Ma’s Incredible Performance at Tanglewood

Welcome Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin to the Blue Star Families blog! It was a dream come true when Blue Star Families sent me an email congratulating me on being selected to receive two tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma in concert at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Given that I’m currently stationed at…

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The Blue Star Parks Meet-Ups Around the Country You Need to See (Part I)

Military families around the country have been taking full advantage of our Blue Star Parks program with the support of the National Park Trust—especially during the past few months of sweet, sweet summertime.  And to celebrate, we’ve been hosting a variety of meet-ups across the country (and beyond). Check out the ones that have happened…

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Milspouses: Meet Our New & Improved Spouseforce Portal

Hey, milspouse. We want to introduce you to something. Or, if you’ve been following us for some time, reintroduce might be a more appropriate word choice.  It’s called Spouseforce. This interactive, tech-forward online career portal—designed by military spouses, for military spouses—is aimed at getting you connected with the tools you need to be successful in…

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From the Experts: The Inside Scoop You Need into 3 Blue Star Museums

Is your family currently stationed in Georgia, Ohio, or Virginia? And you’re trying to figure out which Blue Star Museum you should pay a visit to next? If so, we’ve got a special treat for you today. We asked museum experts from three historical sites—Flint RiverQuarium, MAPS Air Museum, and The Weems-Botts Museum—to share the…

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