Blue Star Stories

Welcome to our blog where you'll find the stories from the lives of our Blue Star Families.

Marla Bautista, and her son hand out food to a man sitting on the ledge of a sidewalk in the city.

From Adversity to Advocate, Get to Know Marla Bautista

September 21, 2022

Marla Bautista, an Army wife and mother of three, knows firsthand that advocacy can play an important role in building a stronger, more supported community. That’s because she was once…

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Laci sits, hugging her two daughters in the grass.

The Challenge of Family Building and How Military Spouses Can Help

September 21, 2022

When Laci married her Air Force service member, she was informed her family building journey would be difficult and conceiving a child naturally wasn’t likely.  Laci’s story, though heartbreaking, is…

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Adults and children stand, posing together in front of a tall fence in a backyard.

Blue Star Welcome Week: A Community-Building Event for Military Families

September 21, 2022

By: Marla Bautista Moving to a new duty station can be an exciting, but sometimes difficult transition for military families, especially those with small children or those who don’t have…

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How Eating Together Improves Nourishment & Connection

September 16, 2022

Between working late, kids activities, and other obligations, a packed family schedule may mean less time to sit down and have a meal together. For military families, that time to…

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Sleep Number® and Kansas City Chiefs Join Together to Welcome Retired Army Family with a New Bed for Their Forever Home

September 16, 2022

Meet Neil, a retired Armor Officer in the Army, father of three, and dedicated husband. He served 21 years including five deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom and has lived across…

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PRIDE in Network: How One Spouse Found His Again

September 16, 2022

As a successful New Zealand diplomat of 14 years, David was a well-traveled and established professional. He’d been through several overseas tours to places like Indonesia, Chile, and finally, Hawaii,…

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Spending too much on your military family’s vision needs? This can help!

September 15, 2022

Did you know you could save hundreds of dollars on your military family’s vision needs (including all those pairs of glasses) by getting supplemental vision care? Because supplemental vision care…

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Moving with the military? Know this one thing!

September 12, 2022

It’s a well-known fact that you’re no stranger to moving as a military family. In fact, you could probably consider yourself a moving “expert” thanks to new orders every couple…

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Get the Most Out of the School Year: Advice From a Military Teen

September 6, 2022

As a military family, we often get lost in the sauce when preparing for our kids’ school year. We do the shopping, sign the papers, confirm bus routes, enroll kids…

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