Blue Star Stories

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

Air Force Family Receives Sleep Number® Smart Bed & Surprise Visit from Superstar Cam Akers

August 31, 2022

For Jacob, a crew chief and aerospace maintenance apprentice (say that ten times fast) in the Air Force, hard work and a positive outlook come naturally. As a relatively new…

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Being Authentic: Growing Connections Between More Families of Color with Transparency in the National Capital Region

August 29, 2022

Metropolitan Washington, D.C. has grown steadily to become more diverse, especially between 2010 and 2020. Today, more than half of the region’s residents identify as non-white. For an area ranked…

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En route to a new duty station? Protect yourself!

August 23, 2022

Did you know? Nearly one-third of the military, and their families, are en route to a new duty station right now and are at risk of their sensitive data getting…

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Saving Money During Back-to-School Season

August 19, 2022

Many families are feeling stressed and financially strained by inflation and supply chain issues. Amid these challenges, families are prioritizing back-to-school spending. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that…

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Military Spouse & Chiefs Superfan Receives a Dream Experience Courtesy of Sleep Number®!

August 19, 2022

Allison, a military spouse, grew up listening to Kansas City Chiefs games on the radio with her dad. Now stationed in Kansas City, she’s amping up her fandom again by…

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A Closer Look at Military Children’s Mental Health: 4 Steps You Can Take to Make a Difference

August 17, 2022

Summer is nearly in our rearview mirror and back-to-school time is here!  The large number of families PCSing this season means thousands of children will start the upcoming school year…

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Strengthening Food Security in the Force: Strategy and Roadmap

July 29, 2022

The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Version In November 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo, “Strengthening Economic Security in the Force.” It directed the following actions:  increase…

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Powerful Legacy in Bronze: Mission of a Buffalo Soldier

July 28, 2022

When reflecting on her childhood, Dr. Aundrea Matthews recalls time spent at the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point. She was raised outside its historic walls in…

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More Than a Grocery Store: Everything You Need to Know About the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

June 30, 2022

In the military world, summer is the unofficial “PCS season.” Each year, about 600,000 military families relocate through a permanent change of station (PCS) or transition out of the military.…

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