Blue Star Stories

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

Debra and her child smile (left). Debra in uniform (right).

The Effects of Suicide and How Blue Star Families is Working to Make a Difference

November 15, 2022

Warning: This post contains language that may be triggering for some. If you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves, please call 988. Written by Kimberly Gold,…

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Military Family Gives to Their Community & Gets a Huge Surprise in Return from Wide Receiver Justin Jefferson

November 15, 2022

For Marie, an Army National Guard Staff Sergeant,  and her husband Dustin, a Veteran, serving the country has always been at the forefront of what they do. Together, the couple…

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Ellyn Dunford, right, stands posing with daughter Kathleen, left, at the Celebration ceremony at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Ellyn Dunford’s Lifetime Achievement Award Win is a Victory for All Military Spouses

November 7, 2022

Meet Ellyn Dunford, spouse of the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Ret.) Gen. Joseph Dunford.  At this year’s Blue Star Celebration, she was honored with the Lifetime…

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11 Military Family Appreciation Month Deals & Discounts

November 4, 2022

Most Veterans and military families are intimately familiar with Veterans Day and the ensuing discounts on November 11th. But did you know November is also Military Family Appreciation Month? Every…

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Collective Generosity on Giving Tuesday Helps Combat Food Insecurity

November 2, 2022

This year’s #GivingTuesday campaign is an opportunity to contribute to military families facing food insecurity so they can provide nutritious meals for their families and fulfill their mission. Help us…

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The Yin and Yang of Moving for the Military

October 25, 2022

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Michelle! I grew up as an Air Force brat who hated moving. Later in life, I became an Army spouse for way longer than…

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Advancing Holistic Health of Veterans & Military Families

October 21, 2022

According to the 2021 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, nearly a quarter (24%) of active-duty family respondents cite “military family quality of life” as a [primary] concern, pointing to instability and…

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Marine Family Receives a Warm Texas Welcome!

October 19, 2022

Every year, approximately 600,000 military-connected families relocate, and more than 70% live off base in their local communities. People might not know that many military families struggle to feel connected…

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Boy Scout, Gavyn, works alongside volunteers packing boxes with collected donations.

Big Or Small, Youth Service Will Shape a Better Future

October 7, 2022

He failed when he started. That’s a key takeaway from Gavyn’s story because, coincidentally, it’s also a story of success. Feeling a call to action during the COVID-19 pandemic, this…

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